Media releases 2007

Fatal glider crash
A 59-year-old man has died after his glider crashed into hills in the Wilkins River area about 55km north of Wanaka this evening. ...
Friday, 21 December 2007

Changes to make Urenui River safer
Swimmers and other users of the lower Urenui River should be made safer this summer with changes to rules that will limit the speed of jet skis an...
Thursday, 20 December 2007

RCCNZ monitoring kayakers
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is continuing to monitor the progress of two Australian kayakers, who are now underway after fixi...
Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Alvei found
The overdue sailing ship Alvei has been located approximately 760km north of North Cape, New Zealand, a 11.45am today....
Thursday, 6 December 2007

Two aircraft in search for overdue sailing ship
A Royal New Zealand Airforce Orion and a specially outfitted Piper Chieftain search aircraft are today continuing the search for the overdue sailing...
Thursday, 6 December 2007

Orion to join search for overdue sailing ship
A Royal New Zealand Airforce Orion will tomorrow (Thursday 6 December) join the search for the overdue sailing ship Alvei which was scheduled to re...
Wednesday, 5 December 2007

RCCNZ step up alert for sailing ship
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched into an Alert Phase for an overdue sailing ship which was expected to reach New Zealand...
Wednesday, 5 December 2007

KALEPI Update
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has advised that the rescue of a crew member off the fishing vessel Kalepi from the Island of Hunga Ha...
Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Orion search finds Tongan vessel
An Airforce Orion has found the Tongan fishing vessel Kalepi which was reported overdue late yesterday. However at this stage, it has been unable to...
Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Time running out to fit stronger heavy vehicle lashing points
Some heavy freight vehicles face being turned away from Cook Strait ferries and other roll-on roll-off vessels if they don’t comply with new c...
Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Orion to Search for Tongan vessel
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is this morning sending an Airforce Orion to search for three men reported overdue on a fishing excur...
Tuesday, 4 December 2007

New Zealand strengthens international maritime role
Pacific nations will have a stronger voice on global maritime issues, thanks to New Zealand's election to the International Maritime Organization...
Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Successful rescue following microlight crash
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has directed the successful rescue of a 64-year-old Motueka man, after strong winds caused his microlight to cra...
Sunday, 25 November 2007

Skipper Charged
A court will decide whether the skipper of a boat on which his two children died endangered them by operating the vessel unsafely, says Maritime New Z...
Friday, 9 November 2007

Yachts out of distress
Two yachts at the centre of search and rescue operations early today are no longer in distress and will be towed into port....
Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Busy morning for rescuers
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received its first distress call via VHF radio at 1:15am when two crew members advised their 26ft ya...
Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Fuel problem cause of power loss
A fuel problem has been determined as the cause of the container ship MSC Edith losing power off the Southland coast on Friday (November 2) says Mari...
Monday, 5 November 2007

Vessel heading for port
The container ship MSC Edith has now restored engine power and is making its way to Port Chalmers....
Friday, 2 November 2007

Vessel making progress on repairs
The container ship MSC Edith is making steady progress on repairs after losing engine and electrical power off the Southland coast earlier today. ...
Friday, 2 November 2007

MNZ seeks conclusive spill results
Oil was discovered along a 10km stretch of coastline on 23 October north and south of Okato.  Taranaki Regional Council managed the response e...
Friday, 2 November 2007

RCCNZ assisting vessel
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is assisting a container ship which has lost engine and electrical power off the Southland coast....
Friday, 2 November 2007

Four survive air crash
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has confirmed that the four people on board a small aircraft that crashed in a remote location ...
Saturday, 27 October 2007

MNZ supporting spill response
Maritime New Zealand’s Marine Pollution Response Service (MPRS) is working closely with Taranaki Regional Council following oil washing up al...
Thursday, 25 October 2007

RCCNZ responding to Tongan beacon alert
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the search for an emergency beacon detected near Tonga earlier today....
Thursday, 25 October 2007

Tramper rescued following second beacon alert
Rescuers have successfully responded to two emergency radio beacon alerts less than 24 hours apart, with the latest response resulting in the spe...
Friday, 12 October 2007

Hewitt to front new maritime safety campaign
Navy-trained diver Rob Hewitt, who survived four days and three nights alone and adrift at sea, is the new face of Maritime New Zealand’s late...
Friday, 12 October 2007

Emergency beacon found
An emergency locator beacon detected in the Hollyford Valley yesterday has been found....
Friday, 12 October 2007

Air search for beacon to continue
An aerial search for the source of an emergency locator beacon detected in the Hollyford Valley yesterday is continuing this morning....
Friday, 12 October 2007

Search for beacon to continue at first light
The search for the source of an emergency locator beacon detected in the Hollyford Valley today is to continue at first light (around 6am) tomorrow ...
Thursday, 11 October 2007

Search for beacon underway
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RRCNZ) is coordinating the search for the source of an emergency beacon activated in the Hollyford Valley ar...
Thursday, 11 October 2007

Te Atatu pupils focus on maritime environment
Te Atatu school children will get a fresh insight into challenges to our maritime environment when they visit Maritime New Zealand’s Marine P...
Monday, 17 September 2007

Mt Cook plane crash: survivors named
Two men who survived a plane crash in Mount Cook’s Gammock Range yesterday have been named....
Monday, 27 August 2007

Mt Cook plane crash: second survivor airlifted out
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) can confirm the pilot of the light airplane which crashed in Mount Cook’s Gammock Range has bee...
Sunday, 26 August 2007

Plane crash: Searchers find one passenger at hut
Searchers have found one person alive from the missing light airplane reported overdue in Mount Cook late this afternoon and are en route to the wre...
Sunday, 26 August 2007

Search for missing aircraft underway
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched a search for a missing light single engine aircraft with two people on board in the Moun...
Sunday, 26 August 2007

Port Taranaki achieves first in harbour safety
Port Taranaki has become the first in the country to receive official recognition for its harbour safety management systems....
Thursday, 16 August 2007

Sinking Fishing Boat Beached in Northland
A sinking fishing boat with three people on board has been deliberately beached in Takou Bay north of Whangarei overnight....
Saturday, 11 August 2007

Tongan fishing vessel rescued and under tow
Rescuers have successfully reached a fishing vessel in trouble off the coast of Tonga and are now towing it back to port. All four rescued crew are s...
Thursday, 2 August 2007

Update on Tongan rescue response
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue of the four Tongan men, aged 38, 30, 20 and 20 years, who are well equipped with foo...
Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Beacon speeds up rescue response
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the rescue of four Tongan men in a fishing boat in trouble off the Tongan coast, after they t...
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Reminder that flares aren’t fireworks
The irresponsible use of distress flares has cost a Nelson boatie more than $11,000 in reparation....
Thursday, 26 July 2007

Conviction for non-reporting welcomed
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) welcomes the conviction of a former ferry master found guilty of failing to report the near-grounding of the Cook Strait ...
Monday, 23 July 2007

Maritime NZ to investigate incident
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) will investigate an accident in which a fisherman lost four fingers on board the Sealord fishing vessel Rehua yesterday (...
Monday, 9 July 2007

Taharoa Express heading back to Taharoa
The 275 metre bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express, which has been anchored in Tasman Bay since June 22 while working to...
Sunday, 8 July 2007

Taharoa Express back on even keel
Efforts to correct the listing bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express have been successful, with the vessel now back on an even keel....
Wednesday, 4 July 2007

List reduced on Taharoa Express
The angle of list affecting the bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express has now been reduced to 4 degrees, as the slow and careful operation to pump ex...
Friday, 29 June 2007

Lengthy process to right listing ship
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has been advised that the operation to right the listing bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express, could take longer than o...
Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Operation to right listing ship continues
Slow and steady progress is being made to right the listing bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says....
Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Operation to right listing ship continues
The operation to right the listing bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express is continuing as planned but is likely to take some time to complete, Mari...
Monday, 25 June 2007

Taharoa Express - lengthy operation
The listing bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express, anchored in Tasman Bay, has completed the first stage of the operation to right itself....
Sunday, 24 June 2007

Update on Taharoa Express
The bulk iron sand carrier Taharoa Express is currently heading towards Nelson and is expected to anchor in the sheltered waters of Tasman Bay aro...
Friday, 22 June 2007

Carrier making steady progress
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is closely tracking the progress of the bulk carrier Taharoa Express, which is listing after its load shifted in heavy sw...
Friday, 22 June 2007

Helicopter Rescue In South Island
Two people have been rescued from a helicopter which crashed on Braemar Station on the Eastern side of Lake Pukaki in the South Island this mornin...
Saturday, 16 June 2007

Dinghy prosecution welcomed
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) welcomes the conviction of a Hawkes Bay man after his ill-equipped dinghy sank and a passenger drowned near Clive in Dec...
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Search for missing man suspended
The search for a Hawkes Bay man missing in a dinghy off the Napier Coast has been suspended, following an extensive search covering approximately 3,20...
Saturday, 9 June 2007

Update on search for missing man
The search for a Hawkes Bay man missing in a dinghy off the Napier Coast has been called off for tonight....
Friday, 8 June 2007

Move to crack down on skippers operating outside safe limits
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is to work with the Ministry of Fisheries and the fishing industry to crack down on operators of smaller fishing vessels ...
Friday, 8 June 2007

Search continues for missing dinghy
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is continuing to coordinate the search for a 25-year-old Napier man missing in a dinghy off the co...
Friday, 8 June 2007

Search for missing man to continue at first light
The search for the occupant of a dinghy missing off the coast of Napier will continue at first light tomorrow (Friday 8 June)....
Thursday, 7 June 2007

Search for dinghy occupant underway
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is leading the search for the sole occupant of a dinghy missing off the coast of Napier....
Thursday, 7 June 2007

Beacon leads rescuers to trampers
A search and rescue operation launched by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has successfully located two trampers in the Arthur’s...
Friday, 11 May 2007

Mi Jay sentencing sends strong message
Maritime New Zealand says the sentencing today of the owner of the fishing vessel Mi Jay for breaches of the Maritime Transport Act should remind all ...
Monday, 30 April 2007

Search for man overboard unsuccessful
The search for a 54-year-old crewman missing overboard from a Korean fishing vessel is expected to be called off this morning after no sign of him w...
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

No sign of man overboard
There has been no sign of a 54-year-old crewman missing overboard from a Korean fishing vessel despite a thorough search of the surrounding area....
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Search continues for man overboard
At about 6pm this evening Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received a call from the agent for a Korean fishing vessel reporting that a ...
Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Search on for man overboard
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is responding to a man overboard situation about 90kms off the Banks Peninsula coastline....
Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Fishing practice raises concern
Maritime New Zealand is warning people taking part in a relatively new fishing method of the dangers involved....
Thursday, 12 April 2007

Injured tramper taken to safety
A tramper with a broken collar bone is on his way to Nelson Hospital after being rescued in the Kahurangi National Park this morning....
Saturday, 7 April 2007

Wreckage found from missing yacht
Wreckage from a multi-hulled vessel has been found on Uonuku Island, halfway between Nuku’alofa and the Vava’u islands group, in Tonga....
Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Medical assistance for solo yachtsman
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has successfully coordinated the provision of medical assistance for a solo yachtsman....
Sunday, 11 March 2007

Rescue of solo yachtsman underway
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue of a solo yachtsman currently 240 nautical miles east of Lord Howe Isla...
Sunday, 11 March 2007

Walara-K Search & Rescue Update
Altair III, which is Walara-K’s sister vessel, is due to arrive in the area soon and the crew will transfer to that vessel and then ...
Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Walara-K Search & Rescue Update
The Walara-K crew have been spotted floating in a liferaft by the Phillips Rescue Trust fixed-wing aircraft....
Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Search & Rescue off New Plymouth Coast
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating a search and rescue for three crew aboard fishing vessel Walara-K about 380km...
Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Wreckage found from missing yacht
Wreckage from a multi-hulled vessel has been found on Uonuku Island, halfway between Nuku’alofa and the Vava’u islands group, in Tonga....
Monday, 26 February 2007

Injured tramper taken to safety in Nelson
A 54-year-old male tramper has been taken to Nelson Hospital after breaking his leg on the Wangapeka Track, near Nelson, this afternoon....
Thursday, 15 February 2007

Kaiko Maru no longer in distress
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has spoken further to the Master of a Japanese vessel Kaiko Maru after he reported there had been a ...
Monday, 12 February 2007

Southern Ocean collision being investigated
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is trying to gather more information about an incident in the Southern Ocean after they received a distress c...
Monday, 12 February 2007

Search for missing kayaker suspended
The missing Australian trans-Tasman kayaker whose upturned kayak was recovered on Saturday evening off Milford Sound has not been found, despite an ...
Monday, 12 February 2007

Search to resume for kayaker
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) will continue searching this morning for missing trans-Tasman kayaker Andrew McAuley....
Monday, 12 February 2007

Extensive search for kayaker
Despite an extensive three day search covering over 60,000 square nautical miles, involving both aircraft and vessels there have been no sightings o...
Sunday, 11 February 2007

Extensive search for kayaker
Despite an extensive three day search covering over 6,000 square nautical miles, involving both aircraft and vessels there have been no sightings of...
Sunday, 11 February 2007

Search for kayaker continues
The extensive aerial search for missing trans-Tasman kayaker Andrew McAuley is continuing.  A fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters have bee...
Sunday, 11 February 2007

Upturned kayak found
An upturned and empty kayak has been recovered from the sea approximately 40 nautical miles (80 kilometres) west of Milford Sound. There is no sign ...
Saturday, 10 February 2007

Upturned kayak found
An upturned and empty kayak has been recovered from the sea approximately 40 nautical miles (80 kilometres) west of Milford Sound. There is no sign ...
Saturday, 10 February 2007

Update on Milford search
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) have reviewed information to hand and after further analysis of the initial alert message have not discoun...
Saturday, 10 February 2007

Concern for kayaker's safety
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) has initiated a search and rescue response after receiving a distorted radio message on the marine distress ch...
Saturday, 10 February 2007

Missing crew found
The two missing crew from the Farley Mowat have been found safe and well....
Friday, 9 February 2007

Two Farley Mowat crew missing
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is coordinating a search and rescue operation close to the Antarctic Circle for two members of the anti-whali...
Friday, 9 February 2007

Help for 13 crew aboard yacht
Rescue Coordination Centre NZ has this morning been coordinating a rescue for the crew aboard V5 – a yacht sailing in the round the&...
Monday, 5 February 2007

Search called off at Lake Waikaree
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has this morning called off a search at Lake Waikare following no new information coming to hand du...
Monday, 29 January 2007

Search suspended at Lake Waikare
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ), who is coordinating a search on and around Lake Waikare following sightings of a possible aircraft...
Sunday, 28 January 2007

Lowest fatality rate ever
The 16 ship-related fatalities recorded in 2006 by Maritime New Zealand contained the lowest recreational boating toll on record....
Wednesday, 17 January 2007