Media releases 2019
- November(1 release)show media releases for November 2019
- October(13 releases)show media releases for October 2019
Pacific Maritime Safety Programme supports water safety for children in Niue
Thursday, 31 October 2019Some of Niue’s youngest citizens will be the focus of a new community education initiative being delivered through the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme (PMSP).
Wellington ferry company fined $380,000 after grounding
Thursday, 31 October 2019The owners and operators of Wellington passenger ferry City Cat, East by West Company Limited, have been fined $380,000 for failing to ensure the safety of passengers and crew on board and other sea users following an incident where the City Cat grounded on rocks near Karaka Bay in April 2017.
Canyoner falls ten meters and is airlifted to safety
Saturday, 26 October 2019Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) received an SOS alert at 2.20pm today from a canyoning party of ten in the Coromandel Forest Park. The beacon was registered to a local canyoning company.
A distress beacon could save your life this Labour Weekend
Friday, 25 October 2019Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is reminding trampers, hunters, climbers and boaties to take a distress beacon when heading out this Labour Day weekend.
No excuses for boaties over Labour Weekend
Friday, 25 October 2019As recreational boaties take to the water in greater numbers over Labour Weekend, harbourmasters and Maritime NZ will be cranking up the ‘No Excuses’ campaign to keep people safe on the water.
High percentage of boating fatalities involve inadequate communication
Thursday, 24 October 2019With the long weekend approaching, Maritime NZ is stressing to boaties waterproof communications can save your life – 59% of recreational boating fatalities involve inadequate communications, and only 40% of boaties report having two ways to call for help every time they go on the water.
New boating survey shows no room for complacency
Wednesday, 23 October 2019Research released today, in the middle of Safer Boating Week, shows most recreational boaties continue to be highly safety conscious when they go on the water, but 20% still report that they wear a lifejacket either never, not very often or only some of the time.
Check lifejackets before it is too late
Tuesday, 22 October 2019Lifejackets have saved countless lives over the years and they are boaties’ number one piece of safety equipment but they have to be maintained to be effective.
Safer Boating Week Kicks Off After a Tragic Winter
Monday, 21 October 2019New Zealand’s annual Safer Boating Week starts today in the shadow of a record number of recreational boating deaths during the winter months.
Eight trampers rescued overnight from Southern Alps
Saturday, 19 October 2019Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received an alert from a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 9.45pm last night with a position near to the Main Huxley Forks Hut in North Otago.
Inaugural water safety month kicks off - still too many people dying
Friday, 18 October 2019New Zealand’s first Water Safety Month was launched today because too many people are dying in New Zealand waters.
Record number of councils join No Excuses campaign to keep boaties safe
Friday, 11 October 2019A record 18 harbourmasters around the country are taking part in this year’s ‘No Excuses’ campaign, focusing on recreational boaties who don’t carry or wear lifejackets or whose speed on the water is unsafe.
- September(2 releases)show media releases for September 2019
Wreckage of light plane found in Tararuas
Monday, 30 September 2019Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has confirmed that wreckage of the light plane missing in the Tararua mountains has been found and, tragically, the two men on board have not survived.
$17,550 fines for giving false information after crewman passed out in hold
Friday, 20 September 2019The Captain and Chief Officer of an Isle of Man flagged bulk carrier, Emilie Bulker, gave false information to Maritime NZ after a crewman passed out because of lack of oxygen in the ship’s poorly-ventilated hold.
- August(2 releases)show media releases for August 2019
- July(6 releases)show media releases for July 2019
Two rescued off coast of Niue
Wednesday, 31 July 2019Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has overseen the rescue of two people from a catamaran that grounded off Niue’s eastern coast
$626,570 safer boating grants: Old4New lifejacket upgrades, lifejacket borrowing hubs, on the beach training and much more
Wednesday, 31 July 2019This year, safer boating grants coordinated by Maritime NZ will provide 3,000 new lifejackets, support lifejacket loan hubs, help create new, at-the-beach, training programmes for boaties using jet skis, standup paddleboards and kayaks, and much more!
Recreational boatie to pay $5,050 after causing collision
Wednesday, 10 July 2019An Auckland recreational boatie, Andrew Douglas Hutchings, has been ordered to pay $5,050 in fines and emotional harm payments after causing a collision on the Waitemata Harbour.
No oil seen at Three Kings Islands
Saturday, 6 July 2019No oil was seen during today’s reconnaissance flight over the Three Kings Islands to investigate a report of oil in the vicinity.
Tramper airlifted to safety
Friday, 5 July 2019The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) received a signal from a personal locator beacon ( PLB), at 2.31pm this afternoon from a tramper at Outward Bound near Anakiwa, in the Marlborough Sounds.
- June(5 releases)show media releases for Febuary 2019
Man to be air lifted from fishing vessel at sea
Wednesday, 26 June 2019The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) received a phone call at 10.10 am this morning from a fishing company advising that a large fishing vessel, 30 miles offshore west of Hokitika (West Coast South Island), had a sick crew member onboard.
Maritime NZ confirms Oil Pollution Levy for 2019-22
Tuesday, 18 June 2019Cabinet has approved the mid-point review of the Oil Pollution Levy (OPL) to reflect updated risk and to ensure Maritime NZ can deliver on the current Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy.
Four sailors rescued after activating stricken yacht’ emergency beacon
Sunday, 16 June 2019Four sailors have been rescued from their life raft this afternoon having had to abandon their yacht the Squander 90 kilometres East North East of Great Barrier Island.
Two boaties saved after distress beacon activated
Tuesday, 11 June 2019The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) received alerts from an EPIRB (distress beacon designed for use on vessels) at 1.30 pm today about 50 nautical miles (92 kilometres) East North East of Whangarei Heads.
- May(7 releases)show media releases for May 2019
Distress beacons will save lives this Queen’s Birthday weekend - RCCNZ
Friday, 31 May 2019Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is reminding trampers, hunters and boaties that a distress beacon could save their life this Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Maritime NZ confirms revised funding model for Maritime Levy and fees
Wednesday, 29 May 2019After extensive and extended engagement and consultation with industry stakeholders, Cabinet has approved a revised and fairer approach to funding Maritime NZ that better reflects how the sector should cover the cost of the agency’s regulatory and compliance functions.
Search and rescue in the deep south
Monday, 13 May 2019This week, experts from across the globe are converging in Christchurch and Wellington to discuss search and rescue coordination on the ice.
$30,000 fines and reparation after passenger injured on Auckland Jet boat
Friday, 10 May 2019Auckland Jet Boat Tours Limited has been fined a total of $25,000 and ordered to pay $5000 in reparation after admitting Illegal and unsafe maritime practices.
High lifejacket wearing rates impress
Friday, 10 May 2019Ninety five percent of boaties had enough lifejackets for everyone on board and 83 percent were wearing them when required, provisional results released today from the ‘No Excuses’ safe boating campaign show.
NZDF joins search for two missing Kiribati vessels
Monday, 6 May 2019The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping search for two vessels in Kiribati that failed to return from separate fishing trips last week.
- April(5 releases)show media releases for April 2019
Four rescued from overturned 4WD in flooded river
Saturday, 27 April 2019Rescue Coordination Centre NZ has overseen the dramatic rescue of four people from a four-wheel drive that overturned in the flooded Hopkins River.
Missing helicopter crew found safe and well
Tuesday, 23 April 2019Searchers have located the crew of the helicopter missing in the Auckland Islands.
Wreckage found in search for helicopter with three on board
Tuesday, 23 April 2019A fishing boat has found wreckage from a helicopter that is missing in the Auckland Islands with three crew on board.
Easter boaties warned: Cold water reduces survival times
Wednesday, 17 April 2019Maritime NZ is urging boaties to plan ahead and factor in the dangers posed by cold water and air temperatures this Easter.
- March(6 releases)show media releases for March 2019
Maritime NZ welcomes the High Court’s interpretation of rules relating to maritime pilots’ licences
Wednesday, 27 March 2019Maritime NZ has welcomed the outcome of the High Court Declaratory Judgment that clarifies the requirements for pilot licences under the Maritime Rules.
VHF radio + float-free distress beacon save Chatham Island cray fishers
Friday, 22 March 2019Three crew from a Chatham Islands crayfish boat were saved this morning thanks to a float-free EPIRB distress beacon and the VHF radio network.
For the first time: ‘No Excuses’ for Otago boaties
Friday, 8 March 2019Otago boaties can expect ‘No Excuses’ from the Harbourmaster and Maritime NZ this weekend. The team will be on the water to ensure boaties are wearing life jackets, keeping a safe speed and following the rules.
Person rescued from sea 15 nautical miles east of Tolaga Bay, near Gisborne
Wednesday, 6 March 2019A man who went overboard from his yacht earlier today was fortunate to be rescued before nightfall. The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) began a search and rescue operation at 2.04 pm today after receiving a MAYDAY call from the yacht.
Taiwanese vessel detained in New Zealand for not paying crew
Tuesday, 5 March 2019Maritime NZ detained the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Daiwan Justice on Saturday, 2 March 2019, at Lyttelton after a complaint the crews’ wages had not been paid for almost four months.
- February(1 release)show media releases for Febuary 2019
- January(5 releases)show media releases for January 2019
Old lifejackets can fail - replace them
Thursday, 17 January 2019Maritime NZ and Coastguard New Zealand are reminding boaties to replace and destroy their old lifejackets as they can fail when you need them most.
A record low - four boating fatalities in 2018
Friday, 11 January 2019Maritime NZ is thanking boaties for taking their safety seriously in 2018 after a record low number of four fatalities last year.
Couple safely rescued off Ball Pass Aoraki/Mt Cook today
Thursday, 10 January 2019As of 1.04pm, the couple and all members of the DOC Search and Rescue Alpine Rescue team had safely returned by helicopter to Bull Hutt Road and were then transferred by road to the Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Rescue base.
Couple awaiting rescue off Ball Pass Aoraki/Mt Cook today
Thursday, 10 January 2019A couple in their 60s are currently awaiting rescue off Ball Pass Aoraki/Mt Cook after bad weather and severe exhaustion meant they could not get themselves to safety, requiring the assistance of the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) and staff from The Department of Conservation (DOC) alpine rescue team.
‘No Excuses’ in Kaikoura for speeding boaties, no lifejackets
Thursday, 10 January 2019Kaikoura boaties will have more than whales to look out for this Thursday and Friday. Staff from Environment Canterbury and Maritime NZ will be on NZ Police launch Lady Elizabeth IV off the Kaikoura coast checking boaties’ lifejacket wearing and safe speed.