New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy


In accordance with section 283 of the Maritime Transport Act, the New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy is undergoing its five-yearly review.

The purpose of the New Zealand marine oil spill response strategy is to improve New Zealand’s national readiness and response to marine oil spills by describing the actions to be taken in response to a marine oil spill in New Zealand and promoting the co-ordination of regional- and operator-level marine oil spill contingency plans.

The original Strategy was developed in 1992 and has been revised regularly since then. The most recent review was completed in 2018. The Strategy provides Maritime NZ’s strategic intent and direction on the response arrangements that should be in place for the strategy period and serve as a basis for the foreseeable future beyond this period.

Proposed Changes

It is considered that the current strategy structure is still fit for purpose and the content still predominantly valid, and so it is proposed that the updated strategy covering 2022-2026 should have the same structure and similar content, including the same Goals and Objectives which form the basis of the strategy.

The following is a summary of the major changes that have been to the updated Strategy:

  1. Two new Principles have been included (page 18):
    Apply defined measures of a successful oil spill response; and
    Seek continuous improvement in all areas of readiness and response.
  2. Four new Drivers for the strategy have been included (page 13):
    Health and Safety;
    Environmental Scan 2020;
    Community Focussed Response; and
    Remote Area Response.
  3. A Strategy Implementation Plan will be developed which will describe the actions to be taken to implement the Strategy and achieve the desired response capability (page 15). This will replace the Capability Plan under previous versions of the Strategy.
  4. The activities required to achieve each of the Strategy Objectives have been reviewed and updated. (Further detail on these activities, including completion dates, will be outlined in the Strategy Implementation Plan).
  5. A new Appendix B outlines MNZ’s implementation of the National Disaster Resilience Strategy.
  6. A new Appendix G outlines New Zealand’s targets for national response capability.


We are seeking your input on the updated version of the strategy, particularly how effective it is in:

  • Providing a comprehensive framework that enables an effective and fit for purpose oil spill response system for New Zealand;
  • Focussing readiness activities to fill current gaps in New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and
  • Providing a robust but flexible response capability for the strategy period and serve as a basis for the foreseeable future beyond this period.

NZ Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response
Strategy Draft - 2022-2026 [PDF: 3.93MB, 60 pages

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Date Activity
May 2021 Release of draft revised Strategy for consultation and on-going engagement with stakeholders
Late June 2021 Receipt and analysis of submissions on draft Strategy
Late July 2021 Drafting of final revised Strategy
Aug/Sep 2021 Final revised Strategy approval by Director of MNZ

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