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 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.
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:
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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!
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.
Minister of Transport – Hon Simon Bridges [New Zealand Government]
Associate Minister of Transport – Hon Craig Foss [New Zealand Government]
Maritime Transport Act 1994 [New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office]
Chief Executive and Director of Maritime New Zealand – Keith Manch
Deputy Director Office of the Chief Executive – Lindsay Sturt
Planning and risk assurance, strategic projects
General Manager Maritime Standards – Sharyn Forsyth
Seafarer Licensing, Ship Registration, Technical Services, Safety Management Systems, International Shipping, Operations
General Manager Legal and Policy – Stephanie Winson
Planning and Regulatory
General Manager Safety and Response – Nigel Clifford
Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand, Aids to Navigation, Distress Radio
General Manager Corporate Services – Russell Wood
Finance, Information Services, Business Management Services, Education and Communications
General Manager Maritime Compliance – Harry Hawthorn
Maritime Investigations, Safety and Environmental Auditing, Field Operations, Commercial and Recreational Liaison, Tauranga Response and Recovery, RENA Investigations
General Manager Human Resources – Anne Greenwood
Executive Team Structure [PDF: 19kb, 1 page]
Maritime New Zealand has approximately 190 staff working throughout New Zealand – most are based in Wellington.
Maritime New Zealand offices:
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 2014–2020 [PDF: 3.66Mb, 44 pages]
Statement of Performance Expectations 2014–2015 [PDF: 817Kb, 57 pages]
Annual report 2013–2014 [PDF: 2.91Mb, 124 pages]
2014 Briefing to the Incoming Minister [PDF: 416Kb, 20 pages]
The Maritime New Zealand, MOSS and SeaCert logos may only be used by:
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 email@example.com.