Media releases 2005

Mi Jay investigation launched
Maritime New Zealand has launched an accident investigation into the loss of the commercial fishing vessel Mi Jay and its th...
Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Search for missing fishermen suspended
The search for three fishermen on board the missing vessel Mi Jay has been suspended after an extensive search over...
Saturday, 17 December 2005

Search continues for missing fishermen
This afternoon an Orion is searching southeast of the Chatham Islands for three fishermen who have been missing since their commercial vessel Mi Jay l...
Saturday, 10 December 2005

Helicopters search coastline for missing fishermen
This afternoon two helicopters are searching a 570km length of coastline for three fishermen who have been missing since their commercial vessel Mi Ja...
Thursday, 8 December 2005

Search for missing fishermen to continue
There is still no sign of the crew aboard the missing fishing vessel Mi Jay despite extensive work carried out by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zeala...
Wednesday, 7 December 2005

Search for fishing vessel under way
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is searching for an overdue commercial fishing vessel with three people on board. There has been no contact with the...
Tuesday, 6 December 2005

Injured fisherman being rescued
A 30-year-old New Zealand fisherman with a serious foot injury has been winched off a vessel 110 kilometres southeast of Bluff and is being flown to D...
Friday, 25 November 2005

Aircraft found
Paramedics have arrived at the wreckage of the missing top dressing aircraft, found in dense bush 4 kilometres west of Whangarei....
Wednesday, 23 November 2005

Search underway for overdue aircraft
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating a search for a missing top dressing aircraft north of Kaikohe this morning....
Wednesday, 23 November 2005

Re-starting search not justified 2005
The Rescue Coordination NZ has confirmed today that the search for the missing helicopter remains suspended, as the latest information is not reliable...
Thursday, 17 November 2005

Search for missing helicopter crew suspended
An injured tramper is on his way to Greymouth hospital after a successful search and rescue co-ordinated by Maritime NZ’s Rescue Co-ordination C...
Sunday, 13 November 2005

Search for missing helicopter crew suspended
The search for two men aboard a helicopter missing in the central North Island has been suspended, after an extensive search covering around 20,000 sq...
Friday, 11 November 2005

Helicopter search - Midday update
Searchers will this afternoon cover the Mount Karioi area again following a break in the weather and new information on the missing hel...
Wednesday, 9 November 2005

Helicopter search to be reviewed overnight
Six helicopters will tonight finish searching a 650-square-kilometre area east of Mokau and south towards Wanganui for the helicopter that has been mi...
Tuesday, 8 November 2005

Search for missing crew to continue tomorrow
Despite 20 helicopters covering over 10,000 square kilometres, today’s search for the crew of a missing helicopter has failed to find any sign o...
Monday, 7 November 2005

Search for missing helicopter 4:30 update
Today's search has concentrated on three areas totalling over 9000 square kilometers but has so far failed to find any sign of the miss...
Monday, 7 November 2005

Search for missing helicopter continues
As today’s extensive search for the missing helicopter winds down, the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is busy planning for tomorrow. ...
Sunday, 6 November 2005

Search for missing helicopter under way
Two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft are searching for a missing helicopter in a large area of the North Island between Raglan and Wanganui today...
Saturday, 5 November 2005

Appeal for sightings of missing helicopter
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is asking the public to come forward if they have seen a maroon-coloured helicopter today, which has the letters &ls...
Friday, 4 November 2005

Sentencing stresses responsibilities of skippers
Skippers have a fundamental responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their crew. ...
Tuesday, 1 November 2005

American yachties being rescued near Tonga
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has overnight been coordinating the rescue of two Americans onboard a dismasted yacht, about 65 kilometres ...
Tuesday, 1 November 2005

Clear message for barge users following tragedy
Maritime NZ and Land Transport NZ have released a safety bulletin that sends an important reminder to all barge operators, and drivers of road vehicle...
Monday, 31 October 2005

Black Cat ferry accident investigation report released
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Thursday, 20 October 2005

Janett Gay crew rescued
The crew of Janette Gay are safely off their stricken yacht and are expected be returned to New Zealand some time tomorrow. ...
Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Janett Gay - 2:15pm Update
An Air Force Orion has arrived at the stricken yacht Janette Gay,780kms northeast of the Chatham Islands....
Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Janett Gay - 8:30am Update
The Orion, which is returning to help the crew on board the stricken yacht Janette Gay, is now departing Whenuapai at 10am this morning and is expecte...
Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Janett Gay - 7:30am Update
An Orion is leaving Whenuapai at 8am this morning, to go to the aid of two Christchurch crew on board the stricken yacht Janette Gay....
Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Rescue still under way for distressed yacht
The 5000-tonne cargo ship Maunakea was unable to rescue the two yachties this morning, as the weather conditions made it too dangerous....
Monday, 10 October 2005

Hired beacon helps rescue of injured tramper
Four local trampers were thanking their pre-trip planning after one of them injured her leg and had to be rescued from a hut in the Kaimanawa Ranges t...
Monday, 10 October 2005

Rescue Underway for New Zealand Yacht
A rescue is underway for two people on board a New Zealand Yacht, the Janette Gay, 780 kilometres North East of the Chatham ...
Sunday, 9 October 2005

Vessel grounds while skipper asleep
A Maritime New Zealand investigation into the grounding of a fishing vessel in Otago on 20 July, found the accident happened because the 31...
Friday, 7 October 2005

Rescue underway for fisherman
A major effort is underway to get a Kiribati man to hospital after he became seriously ill aboard a Japanese commercial fishing trawler in the Aucklan...
Friday, 30 September 2005

Ferry master sentencing a reminder to keep a proper look out
Maritime New Zealand says today’s sentencing of a ferry master whose failure to keep a proper look out led to a collision with a charter boat in...
Thursday, 22 September 2005

Injured tramper rescued in remote south
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand managed the rescue of a 44-year-old man who injured his leg while tramping in the Southern Alps, this after...
Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Toxic spill investigation findings released
An investigation to find the ship that spilled a toxic fumigant near the Poor Knights Islands in April has uncovered a gap in international fumigation...
Thursday, 11 August 2005

Drowning highlights dangers of alcohol and boating
The dangers of drinking too much alcohol while boating are highlighted by a Maritime NZ investigation concerning a man who drowned after falling overb...
Wednesday, 10 August 2005

Stevedore sentencing holds clear message for workers
Maritime New Zealand says the sentencing of a stevedore in Auckland yesterday surrounding a serious injury accident, sends a clear message to workers ...
Wednesday, 3 August 2005

Missing Trimaran Manoah - Statement from family of Verona Hunt
The immediate family of Verona Hunt, the Nelson woman on board the overdue yacht Manoah, have asked the Rescue Co-ordination Centre to issue the follo...
Sunday, 17 July 2005

Aerial Search for Trimaran Suspended
The overdue trimaran Manoah has not been found, despite an extensive two-day aerial search by an Air Force Orion of 370,000 ...
Saturday, 16 July 2005

Orion to begin search for trimaran
An Air Force Orion will leave New Zealand at first light tomorrow to begin searching for the trimaran Manoah, which is thoug...
Thursday, 14 July 2005

NZ maritime security praised by US
A report by United States authorities says port and ship security in New Zealand has met new international requirements and that many security measure...
Thursday, 7 July 2005

American yachtie awaits rescue
A 41yr old American yachtsman is awaiting rescue about 920 kms north east of Cape Brett after his yacht was dismasted during rough weather on its way ...
Monday, 27 June 2005

Missing sailors found safe and well
The Bluenose and her two crew have been located safe and well near a small island south east of the main island of New Caledonia....
Sunday, 26 June 2005

Rescue underway for French sailors
Two French nationals will be rescued this morning after their yacht Maine lost its rudder and began taking on water about 210 kms North East of Cape B...
Sunday, 26 June 2005

Search continues for missing yacht
Despite a thorough search RNZAF Orion aircraft have failed to find any sign of the missing yacht Bluenose or her two crewmen....
Friday, 24 June 2005

Commercial fishing company sentenced today
The commercial fishing company Sealord pleaded guilty and was convicted in the Nelson District Court today on two health and safety charges arising fr...
Friday, 24 June 2005

Search underway for missing yacht
A RNZAF Orion aircraft left Whenuapai at around 6am this morning to search for two crewmen aboard Bluenose, a yacht overdue from an Auckland ...
Friday, 24 June 2005

Master suspended following close call
The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has imposed a 14 day suspension on the master of Santa Regina while an incident in Tory Channel last week...
Friday, 17 June 2005

Greater safety measures follow Aratere incidents
The Maritime Safety Authority today released its investigation findings into the near grounding of Aratere in Tory Channel o...
Thursday, 16 June 2005

Two rescued from stricken yacht
Two people, including a New Zealander, were rescued at 10am this morning from the capsized yacht Ciru which was adrift overnight in heavy seas south o...
Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Two people rescued, second yacht located
There is positive news this morning surrounding the rescue missions for the crew on board two yachts caught up in atrocious weather conditions north o...
Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Rescue under way for two people adrift in life raft
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is managing the rescue of two Swedish crewmembers who evacuated to their life raft after their yacht, ...
Monday, 13 June 2005

Two distressed yachties being rescued
Two people are being rescued from a yacht battling gale-force winds and huge seas, 740 kilometres northeast of North Cape. ...
Monday, 13 June 2005

Iron Maiden report released
The Maritime Safety Authority has passed several safety recommendations to the Department of Conservation following an investigation into the groundin...
Wednesday, 25 May 2005

Sentencing holds clear message for fishing companies
The Maritime Safety Authority says the sentencing of a fishing company in Wellington today, in relation to an engineer being seriously harmed, sends a...
Monday, 23 May 2005

Iron Maiden report released
The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) today released its investigation report into an accident that claimed two lives off the Northland coast in August ...
Monday, 23 May 2005

Injured fisherman being flown to hospital
A fisherman who was seriously injured today while fishing near Stewart Island has been winched into a helicopter which is taking him to hospital. ...
Friday, 20 May 2005

Emergency rescue under way for injured fisherman
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating an urgent mission to rescue a fisherman who is suffering seriously injuries, offshore from ...
Friday, 20 May 2005

MSA releases report into Bay of Islands grounding
The Maritime Safety Authority released findings today from an investigation into the grounding of the Bay of Islands sightseeing vessel Tiger III on 1...
Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Rescue under way for fishing vessel in distress
Five people on board a fishing vessel in distress are being rescued today, about 105 miles northeast of Samoa....
Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Plane crash kills two in Taranaki
Some wreckage of an aircraft has been located about 6kms east of Stratford....
Wednesday, 4 May 2005

Cook Strait Ferries – supplementary information
Why hasn’t the MSA done these things before now?...
Tuesday, 3 May 2005

Conditions imposed on Cook Strait ferry operators
The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has imposed new conditions on all Cook Strait ferry operators....
Tuesday, 3 May 2005

Investigation underway into Marlborough Sounds collision
The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has launched an investigation into the collision between the Bluebridge Ferry Santa Regina and a 10-metre...
Tuesday, 3 May 2005

Rescue in Marlborough Sounds
One person has died and another taken to Blenheim Hospital after an incident in Queen Charlotte Sound this evening....
Monday, 2 May 2005

Injured tramper rescued
A 69-year-old Wairoa woman has been taken to Taupo Hospital after being injured while tramping in the Whirinaki Forest Park today....
Thursday, 28 April 2005

Five-day marine forecasts to begin Monday
Extended-range marine forecasts to help boaties and seafarers plan safer trips will go live this Monday....
Thursday, 28 April 2005

Search and Rescue Updates
The following are updates to the attached media releases issued earlier today: ...
Sunday, 24 April 2005

Yacht in Trouble Off Stewart Island
The Rescue Coordination Centre is arranging assistance for a yacht in trouble 30 kilometres southwest of Muttonbird Island, near the southern tip of S...
Sunday, 24 April 2005

Missing Fishing Vessels Located West of Nuie
An Air Force Orion has located two Samoan fishing vessels in difficulty about 60 kilometres west of Nuie....
Sunday, 24 April 2005

DoC worker injured in Kermadecs
A Department of Conservation (DoC) worker will be flown to Auckland Hospital after receiving serious shoulder injuries in a tractor accident on Raoul ...
Thursday, 21 April 2005

Hunter rescued early this morning
The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand managed the rescue of a 37-year-old man early this morning, who became trapped while hunting about 30kms...
Wednesday, 13 April 2005

RCCNZ coordinates emergency landing of aircraft
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand coordinated the emergency landing of a Piper Aztec aircraft at Paraparaumu Airport which had the Prime Mini...
Wednesday, 13 April 2005

Commercial fisherman sentenced today
A fisherman was convicted for knowingly operating his vessel without the appropriate maritime qualification and fined $750, in Nelson District Court t...
Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Barge launch marks a New Zealand first
New Zealand has a new tool to combat significant marine oil spills, and it’s the first of its kind in New Zealand....
Monday, 4 April 2005

Investigation into boating tragedy holds lessons for others
The need for boaties to tell someone where they are going and what time they will return has been highlighted by investigation findings into the tragi...
Monday, 4 April 2005

Navy vessel being used to recover toxic packages
Tomorrow, experts will begin recovering toxic packages which contain a hazardous substance, off the northeast coast of the North Island. ...
Sunday, 3 April 2005

MSA says sentencing holds important safety lessons
The Maritime Safety Authority says the sentencing of a stevedoring company in Auckland today, involving a serious accident last January, holds importa...
Friday, 11 March 2005

Aratere sailing conditions expected to be lifted Monday
Subject to a final inspection, the Maritime Safety Authority expects to lift restrictions on the Aratere, allowing it to car...
Thursday, 10 March 2005

Poor lookout to blame for collision
The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has released its report into the collision between two fishing vessels in Golden Bay in November 2004....
Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Perseverance pays off for injured tramper
The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand coordinated the rescue of a 66-year-old man this afternoon, injured while tramping near Lake Hauroko, in...
Thursday, 3 March 2005

Fisherman Rescued
A man has been taken to Auckland Hospital suffering from severe hypothermia after a small fishing vessel overturned 5 kilometres west of the South Man...
Thursday, 3 March 2005

Missing vessel found, seven people safe and well
The fishing vessel missing northeast of Samoa has been found and the seven crew...
Tuesday, 1 March 2005

Search for missing vessel northwest of Samoa
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating a search for a fishing vessel believed to be in difficulty in hurricane-force weather condi...
Monday, 28 February 2005

Search For Missing Crew Suspended
The Rescue Coordination Centre has suspended the search for the two remaining crew members that went missing when a fishing vessel sank north of Samoa...
Saturday, 19 February 2005

Another fishing vessel found, six people safe
The fishing vessel reported missing last night has been found by the US Coastguard Hercules. All six people on board are safe. ...
Friday, 18 February 2005

Two people rescued from fishing boat
The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand this morning coordinated the rescue of two people from a fishing boat that has just sunk, 27 kilometres...
Friday, 18 February 2005

Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (4)
A search and rescue operation by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand continues today....
Friday, 18 February 2005

Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (3)
An extensive search and rescue operation by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has located three missing boats and is now concentrating on two mis...
Thursday, 17 February 2005

Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (2)
An extensive search and rescue operation by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand continues in the Pacific Ocean but all four missing boats have now ...
Thursday, 17 February 2005

Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (1)
An extensive search and rescue operation by Rescue Centre Coordination New Zealand is continuing in the Pacific Ocean....
Thursday, 17 February 2005

Extensive search for vessels battered by cyclones
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating an extensive search for at least three fishing vessels that are believed to be in difficult...
Thursday, 17 February 2005

Investigation into fishing tragedy holds safety messages
The importance of wearing a life jacket and having communication equipment on hand has again been highlighted by accident investigation findings, this...
Tuesday, 15 February 2005

Beacon helps fourth tramper this year
The rescue of an injured tramper in Fiordland this morning is the fourth time this year that the importance of carrying a distress beacon in a remote ...
Monday, 14 February 2005

Aratere ferry to sail under conditions
The Maritime Safety Authority has released the Aratere from detention, but under conditions including that the ferry sails a...
Thursday, 10 February 2005

Plane crash near Taupo
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has located wreckage of a small plane which crashed about 12 noon with three people on board, about three m...
Wednesday, 2 February 2005

Safety reminder follows two weekend fatalities
The Maritime Safety Authority says two boating fatalities at the weekend send a clear message to boaties that they must have a way of communicating wi...
Tuesday, 1 February 2005

Injured Mt Cook Climber Rescued
The Rescue Coodination centre has successfully coordinated the rescue of an injured climber on Mt Cook....
Sunday, 30 January 2005

Injured Mt Cook Climber Rescued
The Rescue Coodination centre has successfully coordinated the rescue of an injured climber on Mt Cook....
Saturday, 29 January 2005

Man flown to safety from Snares Islands
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand coordinated the rescue of a seriously ill 54-year-old Australian man from Snares Islands this morning....
Tuesday, 25 January 2005

Southern Ocean Medical Evacuation Underway
The National Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the emergency evacuation of a 54 year old man who has fallen ill on the Snares islan...
Tuesday, 25 January 2005

MSA says sentencing holds important safety lessons
The Maritime Safety Authority says the sentencing of a managing director in Marlborough yesterday, involving a serious accident last January, holds im...
Tuesday, 11 January 2005

Injured fisherman being taken to hospital
An injured crewman aboard the fishing vessel, Mutual Enterprise, is being transferred to hospital....
Saturday, 8 January 2005

Global Challenge crewman reaches hospital
John Masters, the injured crewmember aboard the Global Challenge yacht, Imagine it Done, has been successfully transferred to Wellington Hospital....
Sunday, 2 January 2005