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About Maritime New Zealand


All of New Zealand benefits when our maritime environment is safe, secure and clean. As the national maritime regulatory, compliance and response agency, Maritime NZ’s vision is: a maritime community that works and plays safely and securely on clean waters. Our mission is: to strive to be a professional, evidence-based, intelligence-led, risk-focused regulatory, compliance and response agency.

SAFE: Our maritime system supports, encourages and requires strong safety standards and behaviours.

SECURE: Our maritime system protects people and goods from unlawful actions as they move across domestic and international waters.

CLEAN: Our marine environment is clean and protected.

Maritime New Zealand – Nō te rere moana Aotearoa

Maritime NZ introduced a te reo Māori name – Nō te rere moana Aotearoa in June 2013, which means "The flowing waters of New Zealand". This name accompanies te manaia – the guardian – in our logo. Together, they reflect our role as the guardian of New Zealand’s flowing waters.

The manaia is a fitting symbol to reflect Maritime NZ’s role – to make life at sea safer; to protect the marine environment from pollution, safeguarding it for future generations; to ensure New Zealand ports and ships are secure; and to provide a search and rescue service that people can call upon to assist them in one of the largest search and rescue areas in the world. The manaia also relates to the land, sea and air elements that Maritime NZ’s, MPRS and RCCNZ represent.

The wave graphic used in Maritime NZ branding complements this vision as it shows 3–4 strands weaving together into one, reflecting the parts of the organisation that weave together to make up Maritime NZ.

What we do

Our role is to ensure that all maritime activities are carried out safely, with minimal impact on the environment and on our nation’s security.

Maritime New Zealand is responsible for:

  • developing and monitoring maritime safety rules and marine protection rules
  • certifying seafarers and registering ships
  • conducting safety inspections of all New Zealand ships and foreign-flagged ships calling at New Zealand ports
  • promoting safe recreational boating on New Zealand’s seas, rivers and lakes
  • educating the maritime community about best practice in safety and environmental standards
  • investigating and analysing maritime accidents and accident trends
  • implementing safety management systems to ensure that commercial operations operate safely
  • ensuring that relevant port facilities and New Zealand ships meet the requirements of the Maritime Security Act 2004 and various international rules
  • providing and operating lighthouses and other aids to navigation for ships on the New Zealand coast
  • overseeing a 24/7 coastal maritime safety and distress radio service
  • managing the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand search and rescue response service
  • responding to distress calls and beacon activations
  • providing the Marine Pollution Response Service, with a dedicated team of trained oil spill response experts
  • maintaining the New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy and National Contingency Plan
  • minimising the effects of pollution from ships and offshore oil and gas platforms
  • coordinating responses to major marine pollution spills
  • administering the New Zealand Oil Pollution Fund.

Maritime New Zealand profile

Download [PDF: 791Kb, 12 pages]

Our people

Maritime New Zealand is a great place to work, and its staff are great people to work with. In head office and around the regions, at the front line and behind the scenes, MNZ staff work hard to ensure safe, secure and clean seas and waterways for New Zealand. Meet some of our people below!


Organisation governance and structure

Maritime New Zealand is a Crown entity established in 1993 under the name Maritime Safety Authority. It was renamed Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) in July 2005.

Maritime New Zealand is governed by an independent Board appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport. The five-member Authority directs the overall Maritime New Zealand strategy, and appoints the Director of Maritime New Zealand. The Director manages the organisation and has independent statutory powers under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.


The Maritime New Zealand Executive team:

Chief Executive and Director of Maritime New ZealandKeith Manch

Deputy Director Office of the Chief Executive Lindsay Sturt

General Manager Maritime Standards – Sharyn Forsyth

General Manager Legal and PolicyStephanie Winson

General Manager Safety and ResponseNigel Clifford

General Manager Corporate Services – Russell Wood

General Manager Maritime Compliance – Harry Hawthorn

General Manager Human ResourcesAnne Greenwood

Executive Team Structure [PDF: 19kb, 1 page]

Our structure and offices

Maritime New Zealand has approximately 190 staff working throughout New Zealand – most are based in Wellington.

Maritime New Zealand offices:

  • national office, Wellington
  • 10 regional offices at all of the major ports around New Zealand (Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Nelson, Picton, Rangiora, Dunedin and Bluff)
  • Marine Pollution Response Service Centre, Auckland
  • Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand, Lower Hutt.

Contact Maritime New Zealand

Our accountability documents

As a Crown entity, Maritime New Zealand has a responsibility to report to parliament and the public on our performance.

The statement of intent outlines our policy direction, while our annual report shows what we have achieved.

Statement of intent 2015–2021 [PDF: 2.74Mb, 44 pages]

Statement of Performance Expectations 2015–2016 [PDF: 130kb, 56 pages]

Annual report 2013–2014 [PDF: 2.91Mb, 124 pages]

2014 Briefing to the Incoming Minister [PDF: 416Kb, 20 pages]

Use of the Maritime New Zealand, MOSS and SeaCert logos

The Maritime New Zealand, MOSS and SeaCert logos may only be used by:

  • MNZ Authority and staff members on all official correspondence, presentations and publications.
  • Suppliers to MNZ working on official MNZ business, eg. printers, signwriters, publishers and advertisers.

Maritime organisations and businesses may not use the MNZ, MOSS or SeaCert logos. The only exceptions are organisations and businesses working in partnership with MNZ who have been granted prior permission to show the MNZ logo in specific ways, including web content, and where no commercial endorsement is made.

The MNZ Manager Education and Communications is responsible for managing the use of the MNZ logos. All requests for supply of the MNZ logo must be forwarded to