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Certificate application processing and office closures

Maritime New Zealand/Nō te rere moana Aotearoa experiences high volumes of applications approaching the end of the year.

Please be aware of the following key dates for applications to help you plan in advance of the holiday season.

21 November 2022

Applications that arrive complete and fully paid (where payment is applicable) before this date will be prioritised for processing prior to the Christmas shut down.

Whilst we cannot guarantee complete processing during this time, these applications will be prioritised.

For your application to be assessed, it needs to include all required information, be legible, and have all supporting documents attached.

Applications missing any information will not be considered complete and are not guaranteed to be assessed during this period despite initial receipt date.

16 December 2022

Certificates will not be sent following 16 December to ensure safe delivery over this period.

12 and 13 December 2022

Due to internal training, Licensing and Certification services will not be available on these days.

Noon 23 December 2022 – 9 January 2023

Maritime New Zealand/Nō te rere moana Aotearoa offices will be closed for this period. Licensing and Certification services will not be available during this period.

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The best way of contacting us is by email

We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Please use the following email addresses: for all seafarer enquiries for vessel related safety and certification for Part A and Part B registrations for all exemptions for all other general enquiries

Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.

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We are still answering the phones but there may be a delay in our response times.

New Zealand (toll free): 0508 22 55 22
Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111

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