Media releases 2013

Ukrainian fisherman airlifted to hospital
A 41-year-old Ukrainian fisherman with acute appendicitis has been airlifted to Nelson Hospital after falling ill aboard the fishing boat FV Irvinga, 25 nautical miles (46km) north of Farewell Spit today.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

American skipper ordered to pay $3000 after incident on Auckland Harbour
The American skipper of a 17m vessel on a round-the-world cruise has been fined $1000 and ordered to pay reparations of $2000 after snagging a family's fishing craft and dragging it 30m through the water on Waitemata Harbour on 11 January 2014.
Friday, 7 March 2014

Radio navigation warnings now online
The text of all radio navigational warnings for New Zealand’s areas of responsibility is available online for the first time. All warnings will be posted in full on the Land Information New Zealand website, where Notices to Mariners are also found.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

SeaCert Rules Signed
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has signed into law the Maritime Rules giving effect to SeaCert – a major overhaul of the certification process for New Zealand seafarers.
Thursday, 30 January 2014

And now for the good news... lifejackets save lives
Ten days into 2014 and already lifejackets have helped save the lives of at least 11 people.
Friday, 10 January 2014

Must-have app for boaties launches for summer
MetService and Maritime New Zealand have joined forces to bring kiwis a new marine weather app for Android smartphones and iPhones. Designed for those heading out fishing or just having some summer fun on the water, the app features recreational and coastal marine forecasts, tides, severe weather warnings, rain radar and isobar map imagery – as well as links to vital boating safety information.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Santa wears his lifejacket and takes a beacon for a safe Xmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...
Monday, 23 December 2013

Emergency distress beacon the ideal travel buddy - when registered
Anyone fleeing family and friends this holiday season should ensure they take one faithful companion with them - going bush or heading to the boat, an emergency distress beacon could turn out to be their best friend.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Helicopter wreckage found
Searchers yesterday located the wreckage of a Hughes 500 helicopter with a sole occupant at 9.15pm in the Milford Area, in a search coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Monday, 16 December 2013

Joint initiative pumps up inflatable jackets for commercial fishermen
Commercial fishermen crossing West Coat bars to chase tuna this season have no excuse for not wearing lifejackets.
Monday, 9 December 2013

Lifejackets for Life - MNZ launches new summer campaign
Maritime New Zealand’s new advertising campaign harks back to the glory days of 1980s cop shows to show that, like bulletproof vests, lifejackets don’t save people’s lives unless they’re worn.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Independent review of MNZ’s response to Rena grounding released
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) welcomes the release of the independent review of its response to the grounding of the Rena, and the announcement of $2m of Government funding to help improve New Zealand’s maritime response capability.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Exhausted trampers winched to safety
Two trampers, aged 71 and 78, have been winched to safety after becoming exhausted on the Old Ghost Road track near Westport on the West Coast.
Friday, 22 November 2013

Injured woman rescued from glacier after beacon set off
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says having a personal locator beacon helped save the life of a woman climber overnight. The woman had been critically injured on a South Island glacier and urgently needed medical attention.
Monday, 4 November 2013

Helicopter rescue
A rescue was carried out this afternoon to retrieve the passengers and pilots from an incident involving two helicopters, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says.
Monday, 28 October 2013

Don't miss the boat – wear your lifejacket
About one in four New Zealanders owns or uses a boat, but Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says too many boaties are risking their lives by not taking steps to stay safe on board.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Support for compulsory lifejacket law
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) supports a move to make the wearing of lifejackets compulsory for people under 15, and continues to encourage everyone on the water to wear lifejackets at all times.
Monday, 7 October 2013

MOSS Rules signed into law
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has signed the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) rules into law, with operators required to comply with the new regime from 1 July 2014.
Friday, 4 October 2013

Jet boat drivers sentenced
Two commercial jet boat drivers were each fined $3000 and ordered to pay $3000 in reparation today in Queenstown District Court, following a collision on the Dart River, near Queenstown, in January 2013.
Monday, 26 August 2013

"Ghost Rod" wins boat safety video competition
A water-based homage to the classic "Ghost Chips" road safety TV advertisement has won this year's Bounty Hunter Fishing Tournament video competition, which was sponsored by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and PlaceMakers Big Angry Fish.
Friday, 23 August 2013

Charges laid over discharge of oil into the sea
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has laid three charges against Sanford Limited after an investigation into alleged illegal dumping of oil into the sea of New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone from the Korean foreign charter fishing vessel Pacinui.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Canadian climber rescued
A solo Canadian climber has been rescued after becoming stuck on the side of a ravine at the edge of the Goldney Glacier on the eastern side of Mt Rolleston, near Arthur's Pass.
Monday, 12 August 2013

Chatham Islands fisherman convicted
Chatham Islands fisherman Stephen George Page and the company of which he is sole director, Flinders Fisheries Company Ltd, have been convicted of operating the fishing vessel Equinox without an appropriate current maritime document.
Friday, 9 August 2013

Couple rescued from Austrian yacht
An Austrian couple have been rescued from their 12.8m (42ft) yacht Gobo, 220 nautical miles (407km) east of American Samoa, after encountering difficulties for the second time in a week.
Thursday, 8 August 2013

Couple rescued from Austrian yacht
An Austrian couple have been rescued from their 12.8m (42ft) yacht Gobo, 220 nautical miles (407km) east of American Samoa, after encountering difficulties for the second time in a week.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Two rescued after light aircraft crashes near Queenstown
Two men have been transferred to hospital after a Cessna aircraft operated by Milford Sound Scenic Flights crashed in an area between Queenstown and Te Anau.
Friday, 2 August 2013

Big Angry Fish takes to the water with lifejackets
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is taking a new lead to encourage “gung-ho” fishermen to wear lifejackets by sponsoring the popular fishing show Big Angry Fish. The first of 13 episodes screens on TV3 on Sunday, 28 July, at 5.30pm.
Friday, 26 July 2013

Charges laid following jet boat collision
Charges have been laid against two commercial jet boat drivers following a collision on 4 January 2013 on the Dart River, near Queenstown, in which a passenger suffered a broken clavicle and several others suffered bruising.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Search for missing schooner suspended
The search for an American schooner missing en route from New Zealand to Australia has been formally suspended, after 12 days of searching found no sign of the vessel or its crew.
Saturday, 6 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 13
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says no more active searching is currently planned for the American schooner Nina, which is missing en route from New Zealand to Australia.
Friday, 5 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 12
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is continuing to assess all available information in the search for the crew of the American schooner Nina, which is missing en route from New Zealand to Australia. Today's radar search of more than 97,000 square nautical miles has been completed without any sighting of the vessel.
Thursday, 4 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 11
An RNZAF P3 Orion will depart this morning to resume searching for the crew of an American schooner missing en route from New Zealand to Australia.
Thursday, 4 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 10
Bad weather has prevented further searching today for the crew of an American schooner missing en route from New Zealand to Australia. The 21m (70ft) Nina, sailing from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle with seven people on board, has not been heard from since 4 June.
Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Changes to Maritime New Zealand fees, charges and levies
Maritime New Zealand's fees, Marine Safety Charge and Oil Pollution Levy changed on 1 July 2013.
Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 9
An RNZAF P3 Orion has returned to New Zealand this evening after completing a seventh day of searching, without sighting a missing American schooner or its liferaft.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 8
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has tasked an RNZAF P3 Orion to conduct a search of two areas south of Norfolk Island today, as the search for the crew of an American schooner enters its seventh day.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 7
The search for the crew of an American schooner missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, is nearing the end of its sixth day, with no sightings of the missing vessel or its liferaft.
Monday, 1 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 6
The search for the crew of the American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, has resumed today (1 July).
Monday, 1 July 2013

Three men rescued after distress beacon activated
Two men standing on an upturned boat and one man found clinging to the hull were rescued after they set off their distress beacon on Saturday evening, in an operation coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Monday, 1 July 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 5
An aerial search for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, has been undertaken today (30 June) without sucess.
Sunday, 30 June 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 4
An extended shoreline search for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, has been undertaken for a second day today (29 June) without success.
Saturday, 29 June 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 3
A shoreline search for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, has been undertaken today (28 June) without success.
Friday, 28 June 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner: update 2
The search for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia will shift to the shoreline of Northland and offshore islands this morning.
Friday, 28 June 2013

Grave concerns for missing schooner
Grave concerns are held for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia.
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Three rescued from sinking ship
Two Americans and a Canadian (genders not known) have been rescued from a vessel that began taking on water this morning 150 nautical miles (280km) south south west of American Samoa.
Monday, 17 June 2013

Major New Zealand presence at the International Maritime Organization
New Zealand has stepped up its engagement with the International Maritime Organization, with the appointment this week of the Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith as New Zealand’s first Permanent Representative.
Friday, 14 June 2013

Investigation into possible misuse of beacon
A tramper investigated for possible misuse of a personal locator beacon has undertaken to plan future expeditions more carefully, to avoid underestimating the difficulty of terrain.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

MNZ signs up to international lifejacket promotion principles
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has joined representatives of national boating authorities from Australia, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom as signatory to the International Lifejacket Wear Principles.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Pelco fined under HSE Act
Fish processing company Pelco was yesterday fined $16,000 in the Tauranga District Court after two of its employees suffered frostbite while unloading fish from a vessel in July 2012.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

One dead after fishing vessel rolls
A person has drowned after a 15-metre fishing vessel rolled over at the Greymouth bar shortly before 8am today.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Stranded Tongan fishermen rescued
Seven fishermen were rescued late Saturday night from Kau Island in Tonga by a local vessel, in a mission coordinated by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Monday, 15 April 2013

Beacon proves its worth twice-over for hunters
A personal locator beacon has proved a saviour twice in six days by a hunting party in the George Sound area of Fiordland, south of Milford Sound.
Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Aircraft ditches in sea - update
The search for two people missing after an aircraft ditched in the sea off Kawhia at around 12.20pm today is now a Police operation.
Saturday, 30 March 2013

Light aircraft ditches in sea
A search is underway for two people aboard a twin-engined aircraft which ditched in the sea off Kawhia at around 12.20pm today after reporting engine failure.
Saturday, 30 March 2013

Injured climber rescued from Mt Awful
An injured climber has been rescued by helicopter from Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park, after suffering head injuries following a fall of around 100m.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013

New members appointed to Maritime New Zealand Authority
Three new board members have been appointed to the Maritime New Zealand Authority, providing a breadth of experience in shipping, financial management, and governance.
Thursday, 21 March 2013

First reflagging shows effectiveness of system
The first reflagging of a foreign chartered fishing vessel (FCFV) shows Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has an effective system in place to manage the complex requirements of the process, MNZ General Manager Maritime Standards Sharyn Forsyth says.
Thursday, 7 March 2013

MOSS industry advisory group to be set up
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is setting up an industry advisory group to advise and assist MNZ successfully implement the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS).
Monday, 4 March 2013

Waikato Regional Council first to receive increased maritime powers
Waikato Regional Council is the first local government authority in New Zealand to be given extra powers by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to investigate serious incidents on the water.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Fine sends clear message to polluters
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says the $10,500 fine imposed yesterday on Southern Storm Fishing Ltd, owners of the fishing vessel Oyang 75, for failure to notify two discharges or escapes of harmful substances into the sea, sends a clear message that pollution of New Zealand's waters will not be tolerated.
Friday, 22 February 2013

Phased implementation of MOSS
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has decided to phase in the implementation of the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) for the maritime sector, with operators coming into the new system from 1 July 2014.
Thursday, 21 February 2013

Tramper slammed for apparent mis-use of beacon
A tramper in south Westland who appears to have activated his personal locator beacon simply because he was running late and wanted a ride to his car wasted time, taxpayers’ money, and potentially put others at risk.
Friday, 8 February 2013

Recovery operation in Antarctica - update
Media responsibility for the recovery mission involving three Canadian crew aboard a Twin Otter aircraft that crashed in Antarctica is being handled by Antarctica New Zealand and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Sunday, 27 January 2013

Recovery operation planned in Antarctica
The search and rescue mission involving a Twin Otter aircraft missing in Antarctica since Wednesday with three crew on board has moved into a recovery phase, after wreckage of the plane was located on Saturday.
Sunday, 27 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - wreckage found - Update #9
The wreckage of the Twin Otter aircraft missing in Antarctica since Wednesday night has been found.
Saturday, 26 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #8
A Twin Otter aircraft has landed at the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica, about 50km away from the site of a beacon activated by a missing aircraft, also a Twin Otter, at 10pm on Wednesday night (NZ time).
Saturday, 26 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #7
Efforts to locate three Canadians who’ve gone missing during a flight from the South Pole to Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica will continue today, as weather conditions improve.
Saturday, 26 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #6
Progress in the rescue of three Canadians missing during a flight in the Antarctica is still being hampered by bad weather which is expected to continue until tomorrow morning (8am NZ time).
Friday, 25 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #5
The weather conditions in Antarctica remain unchanged.
Friday, 25 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #4
Bad weather continues to prevent visual contact being made with an aircraft missing on a flight in Antarctica from the South Pole to Terra Nova Bay.
Friday, 25 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #3
Bad weather continues to prevent searchers travelling to the site of a beacon activated by an aircraft with a crew of three Canadian men, overdue on a flight in Antarctica from the South Pole to Terra Nova Bay.
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Search for missing aircraft in Antarctica - update #2
Bad weather is hampering the search for an aircraft with a crew of three Canadian men, overdue on a flight in Antarctica from the South Pole to Terra Nova Bay.
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Search for missing plane in Antarctica
A search is underway for a missing plane carrying three Canadian men, reported missing on a flight from the South Pole to the Italian base in Terra Nova Bay.
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Prosecution after injury unloading fish
Fishing company Sanford and fish processing company Pelco have each been fined and ordered to pay a total of $10,000 in reparation after pleading guilty to charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act following a serious hand injury to a Pelco employee working on board a Sanford vessel in December 2011.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Simple steps speed rescues
The search for a 13-year-old missing after a boating incident in Kawakawa Bay off Auckland again highlights the importance of simple safety preparations when boating, Maritime New Zealand says.
Friday, 18 January 2013

New rules around marine garbage discharges now in force
New rules restricting the disposal of garbage (or marine debris) from ships, pleasure craft and offshore installations are now in force, with the aim of reducing the amount of marine pollution.
Friday, 18 January 2013

Proper preparation the key
Maritime New Zealand is urging all boaties, not just those in larger vessels to be mindful of safe boating practices, following the fruitless search for a 72-year-old man off the Wairarapa coastline.
Thursday, 17 January 2013

Search for missing man off Wairarapa coast suspended
The search for a 72-year-old man missing off the Wairarapa coast has been formally suspended.
Sunday, 13 January 2013

Search for missing man continues
The Police Dive Squad has been searching throughout Saturday for a 72-year-old man missing off the Wairarapa coast, but no sign of the man has been found.
Saturday, 12 January 2013

Inflatable boat found
An inflatable boat thought to have been used by a 72-year-old man missing off the Wairarapa coast has been found by an RNZAF P3 Orion but no sign of the man has been found.
Friday, 11 January 2013

Search off Wairarapa coast for 72-year-old fisherman
A search is underway for a 72-year-old Martinborough man missing off the south Wairarapa coast near Te Awaiti.
Friday, 11 January 2013

Four people rescued after sudden sinking
Four people have been winched from the water after their 6m vessel sunk suddenly approximately 10 nautical miles (18.5km) off the Taieri River mouth, south of Dunedin.
Friday, 11 January 2013

Search off Wairarapa coast for 72-year-old fisherman
A search is underway for a 72-year-old Martinborough man missing off the south Wairarapa coast near Te Awaiti.
Friday, 11 January 2013

Rescues highlight value of beacons
The rescue of eight trampers in four separate incidents in two days highlights the value of personal locator beacons.
Friday, 4 January 2013