Media releases 2021
- November 2021(3 releases)show media releases for November 2021
Skipper ordered to pay reparation of $10,400 after collision with kayaker
Friday, 26 November 2021A man has been ordered to pay reparation of $10,400 by the Whanganui District Court for a jet boat collision with a solo kayaker on the Whanganui River in November 2020.
Enhancing our submarine cable and pipeline protection areas guidance
Tuesday, 23 November 2021Whether you are a commercial operator or recreational boatie, it is essential that you avoid New Zealand’s submarine (undersea) cable and pipeline protection areas (CPAs).
Southern Discoveries fined $160,000 for open hatch injury
Wednesday, 10 November 2021An employee who was seriously injured falling through an open hatch on passenger vessel, The Spirit of Queenstown, has led to tourism company, Southern Discoveries Limited, being fined $160,000, and ordered to pay costs by the Queenstown District Court.
- October 2021(6 releases)show media releases for October 2021
Maritime NZ launches latest No Excuses on-water boating safety campaign
Friday, 21 October 2021Recreational boaties on the water, who are not wearing lifejackets or travelling at a safe speed, should expect to be questioned by harbourmasters and Maritime NZ as the annual No Excuses on-water compliance campaign gets underway.
Maritime NZ: Survey shows peer pressure still a concern for boaties
Wednesday, 20 October 2021According to the 2021 IPSOS Recreational Boating Survey, telling boaties to slow down, or ease off the beersies, while out on the water remains a challenge for friends and families.
Maritime NZ: Fatigue, losing cell reception, and lack of daylight hidden boating risks
Tuesday, 19 October 2021Fatigue, cell reception and daylight are some boating risks not top of mind for boaties, the latest recreational boating research from IPSOS shows.
Maritime NZ: 6-year review of recreational boating fatalities released
Monday, 18 October 2021The importance of wearing a lifejacket on a boat and planning for the unexpected has been highlighted in a report evaluating the key contributing factors into 92 recreational boating accidents between January 2015 and December 2020.
Maritime NZ: Auckland boaties encouraged to know the rules of Safer Boating and COVID-19
Wednesday, 6 October 2021With Auckland’s three-step plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions underway, and school holidays in progress, Maritime NZ is expecting boaties to make the most of it.
- September 2021(2 releases)show media releases for September 2021
Seafarers crucial to safety and security of New Zealand
Wednesday, 29 September 2021This year the theme for World Maritime Day is Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future. Focussing on Seafarers is even more important given the current global context and the Director of Maritime New Zealand Kirstie Hewlett explains why.
$500,000 fine and reparation after death on Sanford fishing vessel
Thursday, 23 September 2021The death of a crew member on the factory fishing vessel, San Granit, has led to fishing company, Sanford Limited, being fined $375,000, and ordered to pay $121,860 reparations to family and $35,000 costs by the Timaru District Court.
- August 2021(3 releases)show media releases for August 2021
Maritime NZ files charges for Auckland port worker death
Thursday, 12 August 2021Maritime New Zealand files HSWA charges against Ports of Auckland.
Hawke’s Bay fishers fined over dangerous use of a vessel and obstruction
Wednesday, 11 August 2021A labourer and fisherman have been fined over $4,000, and their vessel forfeited, for their part in operating a vessel in a manner which caused unnecessary danger to others and for obstructing a Fishery Officer from searching their vessel for illegal catch.
- July 2021(3 releases)show media releases for July 2021
Maritime NZ Report: Storm covers may have prevented the loss of sailing vessel, Essence
Thursday, 22 July 2021The tragic sinking of the New Zealand yacht Essence, returning from Fiji, has safety lessons for all international sailing vessels.
Biosecurity company fined $245K after NZ employee injured on international ship outside NZ
Wednesday, 14 July 2021In a significant prosecution, Maritime NZ has held a New Zealand employer accountable for the safety of their employee working outside New Zealand.
Maritime NZ to begin consultation on MARPOL Annex VI draft Marine Protection Rules
Wednesday, 7 July 2021New Zealand will soon be joining MARPOL Annex VI, which is part of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) Marine Pollution Convention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from ships.
- June 2021(3 releases)show media releases for June 2021
$310,000 payable for jet boat crash caused by loose studs
Thursday, 10 June 2021Skippers Canyon Jet Ltd has been fined $50,000 and ordered to pay $260,000 in reparations by the Queenstown District Court for a jet boat crash that injured 10 people who had to be evacuated by Helicopter.
Maritime NZ supports Cook Islands with safety campaign
Thursday, 10 June 2021New Zealand maritime safety advisors will be on deck alongside their Cook Islands colleagues to help ensure their tourist boats are ready for a big influx of visitors over the next few months.
Don’t be a casualty this winter
Tuesday, 1 June 2021With as many Kiwi boaties dying in winter as in summer, Maritime NZ is urging all those headed out on the water to be prepared for the changing conditions winter can bring. Whether you are kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, fishing or yachting, boating during winter brings additional challenges, such as unpredictable weather and colder conditions.
- May 2021(2 releases)show media releases for May 2021
Search and rescue teams receive national award for perilous high-altitude rescue
Wednesday, 19 May 2021A night time high-altitude rescue mission in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to retrieve two trapped climbers has seen local rescue crews awarded a Certificate of Achievement at the New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Awards last night (Tuesday, May 18).
KiwiRail spends more than $335,000 in Enforceable Undertaking after incident on Interislander Ferry
Monday, 10 May 2021Maritime NZ has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) from KiwiRail which will spend $335,746, plus financial amends and costs of support to the victim, as the result of an incident on the Kaiarahi Interislander ferry in April 2019.
- April 2021(6 releases)show media releases for April 2021
New requirements for pleasure craft departing overseas
Friday, 30 April 2021Yachting New Zealand has been working with Maritime New Zealand to clarify the process skippers must undertake to best prepare their vessels before heading overseas.
MOSS Evaluation Shows Impact and Opportunities for Improvement
Thursday, 22 April 2021An independent evaluation of the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) shows its introduction just under seven years ago is contributing to safety outcomes on New Zealand commercial vessels, Maritime NZ said today.
Maritime NZ welcomes new Chief Executive
Tuesday, 13 April 2021Maritime NZ has appointed senior Ministry of Transport executive Kirstie Hewlett as its new Chief Executive and Director.
Pair convicted and fined for Lake Hood jet boat crash
Friday, 9 April 2021Two men have been convicted and ordered to pay fines and reparations totalling $7300 each for their part in a boating collision that saw several people injured and one person dragged underneath a jet boat at Lake Hood, near Ashburton, Canterbury, in November 2019.
Easter rescues show being prepared pays off
Wednesday, 7 April 2021This Easter was a busy one for the team at Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ), with a dozen rescue missions coordinated over the long weekend.
- March 2021(1 release)show media releases for March 2021
- February 2021(9 releases)show media releases for February 2021
‘It could be the difference between life and death’
Tuesday, 23 February 2021Rescued dirt biker, Ian Reed explains why he never rides without a personal locator beacon (PLB).
Maritime NZ thanks all involved in search for missing yacht, Tribe
Friday, 19 February 2021Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is thanking all the organisations and people who searched for the missing yacht, Tribe, yesterday and on Wednesday evening.
Missing yacht, Tribe, found near Whangarei
Thursday, 18 February 2021The yacht, Tribe, which broadcast a Mayday call yesterday evening was found this afternoon in Bream Bay about 4 nautical miles (7km) south of Whangarei.
Missing yacht found
Thursday, 18 February 2021The yacht missing off the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula has been found and both people on board are believed safe.
Search for yacht continues
Thursday, 18 February 2021The search for a missing yacht continues today, with the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Te Kaha still searching east of Coromandel near Great Mercury Island.
Search and rescue operation underway - request for sightings of yacht
Wednesday, 17 February 2021A major search and rescue operation is underway after a mayday call was received from a sinking yacht earlier this evening.
Maritime NZ urges boaties to take safety seriously this weekend
Thursday, 4 February 2021Maritime NZ is urging boaties to take safety seriously ahead of what is expected to be a busy long weekend on the water.
Police and Maritime NZ acknowledge boating manslaughter sentencing
Wednesday, 3 February 2021Police and Maritime NZ acknowledge the sentencing today of Guy Haydon Charles Appleton in the Tauranga High Court.
- January 2021(4 releases)show media releases for January 2021
Maritime Officers pleased with Cup spectators’ behaviour
Friday, 29 January 2021Maritime Officers policing Auckland boat ramps and marinas during Prada Cup racing have been greatly encouraged by boaties’ attitudes to safety, particularly the carrying and wearing of life jackets.
Yellow and Pink Flags Signify Approved Commercial Operators for America’s Cup - Look for the Flag
Thursday, 14 January 2021Maritime NZ has distributed more than 110 distinctive yellow and pink flags to approved commercial operators providing on-the-water viewing for the Prada Cup racing starting this week.
Maritime Officers again on boat ramps for America’s Cup spectators
Thursday, 14 January 2021Maritime Officers will again be out on boat ramps and marinas when the Prada Cup gets underway on Friday, with organisers expecting as many as 3000 craft on the water on key race days.
Injured climbers have lucky escape after fall in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Thursday, 7 January 2021Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has coordinated the rescue of three climbers - two with minor injuries - who fell onto rocks near Stewart’s Glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.