About us

Maritime NZ exercises Kaitiakitanga, or guardianship that supports Aotearoa oceans and waterways to be safe, secure and clean. We’re on a multi-year journey working towards becoming an increasingly successful regulator.

Through our organisational strategy Te Korowai o Kaitiakitanga - The Cloak of Stewardship, we’re bringing together our aroha, work and skills to ensure we can operate more strongly as regulatory stewards of the maritime domain.

What we do touches the lives of many New Zealanders, as well as international visitors and sea-borne traffic – on a daily basis.

This is true whether you are a recreational boatie, a commercial operator, port authority, certified seafarer, or a regional council responding to an oil spill.

Our maritime environment is vital to New Zealand’s prosperity, security and social wellbeing – providing valuable employment, trade, tourism and recreational opportunities.

Te Korowai o Kaitiakitanga

Te Korowai o Kaitiakitanga broadly translates to the Cloak of Stewardship, reflecting our role in ensuring the oceans and waterways of Aotearoa are safe, secure and clean.

Through this work, we’re taking key steps forward to build the diverse capabilities we need, make the organisation stronger, and be better able to deliver outcomes for our people, the maritime sector and New Zealand.

Within Te Korowai there are a number of areas we are working on over the next four years, which include:

  • our strategic frame (vision and direction)
  • our culture
  • our capability and capacity
  • our regulatory/operational policies and practices
  • and our information and intelligence

See our updates in SeaChange, our external newsletter:


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What we do

Ensuring maritime activities are done safely, securely with little impact on the environment.



Safety and response

Maritime security

Policy development

International Engagement

Our standards of service

History of MNZ

People and structure

Get a snapshot of our people, the work they do and our organisation’s structure.

Our people and structure

Our Chief Executive

Maritime Officers

People we work with


As a Crown entity, our governance and management are separate, and governance responsibilities are overseen by a government minister.

Our ministers and governance

Our funding

Funding enables us to perform services and functions for the maritime sector.

Our funding

The Maritime Levy

Oil Pollution Levy (OPL)

Changes to our funding


Read about the functions and responsibilities around communicating, applying and enforcing the legislation we administer.

Legislation and regulations

Legislation we administer

Careers with us

Find out what it’s like to work for Maritime New Zealand, view what jobs are available, and see how you can apply.

Careers with us

Corporate publications

As a Crown entity, we have a responsibility to report to parliament and the public on our performance.

Annual reports

Statements of intent

Statement of Performance Expectations