Maritime NZ consulting on Maritime Levy and fees

Maritime NZ has a consultation on proposed changes to the Maritime Levy. This is referred to as the Funding Review.

The deadline for making submissions on the Funding Review consultation document is 5.00pm Friday, 18 January 2019.

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A message from our Director, Keith Manch, about the Funding Review.

How to provide feedback

Make a submission online

Submit your feedback now

Other ways you can make a submission

You may also make comments by:

  • email to
  • ordinary post to:
    Maritime NZ
    Funding Review,
    PO Box 25620,
    Wellington 6146
  • delivery to:
    Maritime New Zealand,
    Funding Review,
    Level 11, 1 Grey Street,
  • fax to +64 4 494 8901

Your feedback will be incorporated into Maritime NZ’s final recommendations to the Minister for Transport, Honorable Phil Twyford.


There are 16 proposals being consulted on. In general, the key proposals are as follows:

  • a revised allocation method for the Maritime Levy
  • changing seafarer certification fees that currently range from $372 to $1105 to a single fee of $368, with the balance from the Maritime Levy
  • moving routine domestic audit fees into the Maritime Levy
  • a single hourly rate of $245 for activities charged based on actual time taken, rather than the six rates ranging from $231 to $313 we have now.

The review is a necessary part of ensuring that the appropriate funding is in place for the next six years, so we can meet the standards expected of a modern regulator.

This means better international engagement; more focus on targeting areas of greatest risk to safety, security and the marine environment; and changes to Maritime NZ’s compliance systems so it’s easier for operators to do the right thing.

Message from the Funding Review team: We have made an error on pages 29 and 30 of the Consultation Document, which has been corrected as follows:

  • On page 29 it says “AMSA’s current funding is 5% fees, 20% levies and 56% government funding”. It should say “AMSA’s current funding is 8% fees, 58% levies, 32% Government and 2% other”
  • On page 30 a revised table has been included to reflect AMSA’s funding split as above.

Download the consultation document[PDF: 2.13MB, 77 pages]

Public meetings

Public meetings will be held, where there will be discussion on the details of the review and the proposed changes to the Maritime Levy and fees.

Email to register.

The dates and places are set out below.

City Date and time Venue
Auckland Monday, 26 November
3 pm - 5 pm
Coastguard Rescue Centre
3 Solent Street
Judges Bay
Wellington Tuesday, 27 November,
4 pm - 6 pm
Maritime NZ,
Level 11, 1 Grey Street,
Nelson Wednesday, 12 December 2018
2pm - 4pm
Port Nelson Ltd
8 Vickerman Street,
Port Nelson
Invercargill Friday, 14 December 2018
11am - 1 pm
Ascot Park Hotel
Cnr Tay Street and Racecourse Road

Consultation document

Read the Funding Review consultation document to make a submission

[PDF: 2.13MB, 77 pages]



Single page infographic about the Funding Review

[PDF: 135kB, 1 page]


Presentation summary

Updated slide show summary of the Funding Review proposals

[PDF: 732kB, 25 pages]


Related information

Estimating your Maritime Levy under the proposed rates.

Estimating your Maritime Levy
under the proposed rates[PDF: 309kB, 2 pages]

A full list of all feeable activities listed in the Shipping (Charges) Regulations, Ship Registration (Fees) Regulations, Maritime Security (Charges) Regulations.

Proposed fees schedule[PDF: 551kB, 19 pages]

This report sets out Castalia’s review of Maritime New Zealand’s current Maritime Levy allocation methodology and recommends a new method.

Maritime Levy Allocation Recommendation
- Castalia Report[PDF: 431kB, 30 pages]

This paper outlines a set of principles to guide funding reviews and advice on the appropriate funding sources for regulatory activities carried out within the transport regulatory system.

Transport regulatory system:
Funding principles September 2018/button[PDF: 129kB, 10 pages]