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Media releases 2009

Company sentenced over workers' deaths
A sub-contractor on Christchurch's ocean outfall project has been ordered to pay fines and reparation totalling $213,000, after admitting critical saf...
Monday, 14 December 2009

Pipeline contractor sentenced for safety failings
The lead contractor on Christchurch's ocean outfall pipeline project has been convicted and fined $115,000 plus costs, after admitting a series of sa...
Wednesday, 9 December 2009

MNZ welcomes Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is taking a key role at the Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts being held in Wellington from today....
Wednesday, 9 December 2009

RCCNZ rescues sailor
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has successfully coordinated the rescue of a sailor who got into difficulty off the bottom of the...
Tuesday, 24 November 2009

MNZ welcomes international cold water expert
A visiting international expert in cold water survival will have potentially life-saving advice for New Zealanders taking to the water this summer, ...
Friday, 20 November 2009

New summer boating safety initiatives launched
With the summer boating season set to start this Labour Weekend (October 24-26) Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and fellow water safety agencies are behind...
Friday, 16 October 2009

Mad Dog River Boarding safety inspection concluded
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has completed its safety inspection of Queenstown company Mad Dog River Boarding....
Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Search for kayakers suspended
The search for eight people reported to be in trouble off the Otago coast has been suspended, following an extensive but unsuccessful search this morn...
Monday, 12 October 2009

Report into fatal accident released
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is warning boaties of the dangers of 'do-it-yourself' repairs and maintenance following the release of an accident report...
Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Solo navigation requirements for vessels departing NZ
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it would need to be satisfied that a proposed solo round the world voyage by a teenage girl would not put hers or othe...
Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Conviction a wake-up call to white water industry
The conviction of a Queenstown river boarding company for safety failures following the death of an English tourist is a "wake-up call" for...
Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Charter operators sentenced for breaching safe limits
Four fishing vessel charter operators have been convicted and fined after being caught working illegally outside their safe operating limits, follow...
Monday, 17 August 2009

Search formally suspended
The Director of Maritime New Zealand has formally suspended the search for a vessel reported missing near the Hen and Chickens islands south east o...
Friday, 14 August 2009

Search suspended for missing vessel
The search for a vessel reported missing near the Hen and Chickens islands south east of Whangarei has been suspended pending further information, f...
Friday, 14 August 2009

Search for missing vessel
The following is a recording of the Mayday call received by Whangarei Maritime Radio around 1.30am today....
Friday, 14 August 2009

Search continues for missing vessel
A fixed wing aircraft from the Philips Search and Rescue Trust in Taupo will shortly begin an aerial search for a vessel missing near the Hen and Ch...
Friday, 14 August 2009

Public help needed in search for missing vessel
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is seeking assistance from the public in the search for a vessel believed missing near the Hen and Chicken...
Friday, 14 August 2009

Search for ferry survivors to be transferred
A search for survivors from the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, which sank near Nuku'alofa, Tonga on Wednesday, will this afternoon be transferred...
Saturday, 8 August 2009

Search for survivors of ferry sinking resumes
A Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P3 Orion will this morning resume the search for survivors of the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, which sank ...
Saturday, 8 August 2009

Update on search for survivors of ferry sinking
The crew of a Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P3 Orion will rest for the night in Tonga after spending the day searching for survivors of the sin...
Friday, 7 August 2009

Search continuing for survivors of ferry sinking
A Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P3 Orion is continuing its search today for survivors of the sinking of the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, n...
Friday, 7 August 2009

Search resumes for survivors of ferry sinking
A Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P3 Orion resumed searching at first light today for survivors of the sinking of the inter-island ferry Princess...
Friday, 7 August 2009

Nuku'alofa ferry rescue to continue overnight
Rescue vessels looking for survivors of the sinking of the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, near Nuku’alofa, Tonga, late yesterday will con...
Thursday, 6 August 2009

Nuku'alofa ferry rescue continues
The search is continuing for survivors of the sinking of the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, near Nuku'alofa, Tonga, late yesterday....
Thursday, 6 August 2009

More survivors recovered in Nuku'alofa ferry rescue
Fifty-two survivors have now been recovered following the sinking of the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, near Nuku'alofa, Tonga, late yesterday....
Thursday, 6 August 2009

Update on Nuku'alofa ferry rescue
A Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) Orion has joined the search for survivors following the sinking of the inter-island ferry Princess Ashika, carr...
Thursday, 6 August 2009

Major search operation launched after ferry sinking
A major search and rescue operation has been launched by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) after a ferry carrying 75 people sank near...
Thursday, 6 August 2009

Missing pilot found dead
Rescue teams searching for a missing pilot and his Cessna 152 aircraft west of Te Kuiti have now found the wreckage of the aircraft and the dead p...
Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Search Continues for Missing Pilot
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says the search is continuing for a missing a Cessna 152 aircraft and its sole occupant....
Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Maritime Qualifications Review Underway
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has started a fundamental, two year review of its qualifications and the operational limits (QOL) linked to them....
Monday, 20 July 2009

Speed, lack of certification highlighted in prosecution
Lack of current safety certification and the dangers of excess speed and driver distraction have been highlighted in the conviction of a Nelson compan...
Wednesday, 15 July 2009

French warship rescues family
The French Navy and Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) have joined forces to rescue a family of eight from their stricken yacht 203 nautical miles (...
Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Tallship Soren Larsen under escort
At 7.50am today the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) received a distress message via the UK Coastguard for the vessel Soren Larsen, a training s...
Monday, 1 June 2009

Serious accident under investigation
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is investigating a serious accident late yesterday (22 April) on board the fishing vessel Pantas no 1, which has...
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Italian sailors rescued
Two Italian sailors stranded on their yacht midway between New Zealand and Chile were rescued by oil tanker Hellespont Trooper at 8.30 this morning....
Thursday, 9 April 2009

Italian yacht rescue underway
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue of two Italian sailors more than 2,000 nautical miles east of New Zeal...
Monday, 6 April 2009

Old beacons spark costly search
Rescue agencies are urging people dumping their old emergency beacons to remove the batteries first, after two active beacons left at rubbish tips i...
Monday, 16 March 2009

Baraniko conviction
Putting lives at risk by failing to carry the most basic safety equipment has led to the successful prosecution of a Hawkes Bay man after his dinghy...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Injured tramper rescued from rugged terrain
An injured tramper was today rescued from rugged terrain within 90 minutes thanks to carrying a GPS-equipped 406 Megahertz emergency locator beacon....
Sunday, 15 February 2009

Microlight wreckage found
Rescue teams searching for two men missing after a microlight crash in Abel Tasman National Park have this morning found two bodies in the wrec...
Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Search continues for missing Microlight
A search will continue this morning for two people missing after an airborne XPS microlight plane failed to return from a sight-seeing flight yester...
Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Dramatic Fiordland helicopter rescue
A man was rescued by helicopter from a precarious position on a bluff above Lake Roe in Fiordland. ...
Saturday, 7 February 2009

Skipper convicted for operating outside safe limits
The conviction of a Northland skipper for going beyond his safe operating limits after running aground in March last year highlights the need for al...
Thursday, 22 January 2009

Search suspended for man overboard
A search for a crewman reported missing from a ship in the Southern Ocean has been suspended....
Monday, 5 January 2009