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Maritime NZ exercises Kaitiakitanga, or guardianship that supports Aotearoa oceans and waterways to be safe, secure and clean. We’re on a multi-year journey working towards becoming an increasingly successful regulator.

Through our organisational strategy Te Korowai o Kaitiakitanga - The Cloak of Stewardship, we’re bringing together our aroha, work and skills to ensure we can operate more strongly as regulatory stewards of the maritime domain.

What we do touches the lives of many New Zealanders, as well as international visitors and sea-borne traffic – on a daily basis.

This is true whether you are a recreational boatie, a commercial operator, port authority, certified seafarer, or a regional council responding to an oil spill.

Our maritime environment is vital to New Zealand’s prosperity, security and social wellbeing – providing valuable employment, trade, tourism and recreational opportunities.


Te Korowai o Kaitiakitanga

Te Korowai o Kaitiakitanga broadly translates to the Cloak of Stewardship, reflecting our role in ensuring the oceans and waterways of Aotearoa are safe, secure and clean.

Through this work, we’re taking key steps forward to build the diverse capabilities we need, make the organisation stronger, and be better able to deliver outcomes for our people, the maritime sector and New Zealand.

Within Te Korowai there are a number of areas we are working on over the next four years, which include:

  • our strategic frame (vision and direction)
  • our culture
  • our capability and capacity
  • our regulatory/operational policies and practices
  • and our information and intelligence
the visual representation of Maritime New Zealand's Te Korowai in the form of a feathered cloak
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