Media releases 2005
- December(6 releases)show media releases for december 2005
Mi Jay investigation launched
Tuesday, 20 December 2005Maritime New Zealand has launched an accident investigation into the loss of the commercial fishing vessel Mi Jay and its three crew.
Search for missing fishermen suspended
Saturday, 17 December 2005The search for three fishermen on board the missing vessel Mi Jay has been suspended after an extensive search over
Search continues for missing fishermen
Saturday, 10 December 2005This afternoon an Orion is searching southeast of the Chatham Islands for three fishermen who have been missing since their commercial vessel Mi Jay left Nelson on 22 November.
Helicopters search coastline for missing fishermen
Thursday, 8 December 2005This afternoon two helicopters are searching a 570km length of coastline for three fishermen who have been missing since their commercial vessel Mi Jay left Nelson on 22 November.
Search for missing fishermen to continue
Wednesday, 7 December 2005There is still no sign of the crew aboard the missing fishing vessel Mi Jay despite extensive work carried out by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) today and a 90,000 square kilometre search by a NZDF Orion aircraft yesterday.
- November(15 releases)show media releases for november 2005
Injured fisherman being rescued
Friday, 25 November 2005A 30-year-old New Zealand fisherman with a serious foot injury has been winched off a vessel 110 kilometres southeast of Bluff and is being flown to Dunedin Hospital.
Wednesday, 23 November 2005Paramedics have arrived at the wreckage of the missing top dressing aircraft, found in dense bush 4 kilometres west of Whangarei.
Search underway for overdue aircraft
Wednesday, 23 November 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating a search for a missing top dressing aircraft north of Kaikohe this morning.
Re-starting search not justified 2005
Thursday, 17 November 2005The Rescue Coordination NZ has confirmed today that the search for the missing helicopter remains suspended, as the latest information is not reliable.
Search for missing helicopter crew suspended
Sunday, 13 November 2005An injured tramper is on his way to Greymouth hospital after a successful search and rescue co-ordinated by Maritime NZ’s Rescue Co-ordination Centre today.
Search for missing helicopter crew suspended
Friday, 11 November 2005The search for two men aboard a helicopter missing in the central North Island has been suspended, after an extensive search covering around 20,000 square kilometres over five and a half days.
Helicopter search - Midday update
Wednesday, 9 November 2005Searchers will this afternoon cover the Mount Karioi area again following a break in the weather and new information on the missing helicopter's flight path received from Christchurch Air Traffic Control.
Helicopter search to be reviewed overnight
Tuesday, 8 November 2005Six helicopters will tonight finish searching a 650-square-kilometre area east of Mokau and south towards Wanganui for the helicopter that has been missing since Friday with Michael Erceg and Guss Klatte on board.
Search for missing crew to continue tomorrow
Monday, 7 November 2005Despite 20 helicopters covering over 10,000 square kilometres, today’s search for the crew of a missing helicopter has failed to find any sign of the missing men.
Search for missing helicopter 4:30 update
Monday, 7 November 2005Today's search has concentrated on three areas totalling over 9000 square kilometers but has so far failed to find any sign of the missing men or their helicopter.
Search for missing helicopter continues
Sunday, 6 November 2005As today’s extensive search for the missing helicopter winds down, the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is busy planning for tomorrow.
Search for missing helicopter under way
Saturday, 5 November 2005Two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft are searching for a missing helicopter in a large area of the North Island between Raglan and Wanganui today.
Appeal for sightings of missing helicopter
Friday, 4 November 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is asking the public to come forward if they have seen a maroon-coloured helicopter today, which has the letters ‘HTF’ on its side.
Sentencing stresses responsibilities of skippers
Tuesday, 1 November 2005Skippers have a fundamental responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their crew.
- October(10 releases)show media releases for october 2005
Clear message for barge users following tragedy
Monday, 31 October 2005Maritime NZ and Land Transport NZ have released a safety bulletin that sends an important reminder to all barge operators, and drivers of road vehicles that use them, about their safety obligations and responsibilities.
Black Cat ferry accident investigation report released
Thursday, 20 October 2005Maritime New Zealand has released its investigation findings into the grounding of the sightseeing vessel Black Cat during a cruise in Akaroa Harbour on 17 April.
Janett Gay crew rescued
Tuesday, 11 October 2005The crew of Janette Gay are safely off their stricken yacht and are expected be returned to New Zealand some time tomorrow.
Janett Gay - 2:15pm Update
Tuesday, 11 October 2005An Air Force Orion has arrived at the stricken yacht Janette Gay,780kms northeast of the Chatham Islands.
Janett Gay - 8:30am Update
Tuesday, 11 October 2005The Orion, which is returning to help the crew on board the stricken yacht Janette Gay, is now departing Whenuapai at 10am this morning and is expected to arrive at 12.30pm.
Janett Gay - 7:30am Update
Tuesday, 11 October 2005An Orion is leaving Whenuapai at 8am this morning, to go to the aid of two Christchurch crew on board the stricken yacht Janette Gay.
Rescue still under way for distressed yacht
Monday, 10 October 2005The 5000-tonne cargo ship Maunakea was unable to rescue the two yachties this morning, as the weather conditions made it too dangerous.
Hired beacon helps rescue of injured tramper
Monday, 10 October 2005Four local trampers were thanking their pre-trip planning after one of them injured her leg and had to be rescued from a hut in the Kaimanawa Ranges today.
Rescue Underway for New Zealand Yacht
Sunday, 9 October 2005A rescue is underway for two people on board a New Zealand Yacht, the Janette Gay, 780 kilometres North East of the Chatham Islands.
- September(2 releases)show media releases for september 2005
Rescue underway for fisherman
Friday, 30 September 2005A major effort is underway to get a Kiribati man to hospital after he became seriously ill aboard a Japanese commercial fishing trawler in the Auckland Islands area.
Ferry master sentencing a reminder to keep a proper look out
Thursday, 22 September 2005Maritime New Zealand says today’s sentencing of a ferry master whose failure to keep a proper look out led to a collision with a charter boat in Auckland in January, sends a clear message to all skippers about their safety obligations.
- August(4 releases)show media releases for august 2005
Injured tramper rescued in remote south
Tuesday, 30 August 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand managed the rescue of a 44-year-old man who injured his leg while tramping in the Southern Alps, this afternoon.
Toxic spill investigation findings released
Thursday, 11 August 2005An investigation to find the ship that spilled a toxic fumigant near the Poor Knights Islands in April has uncovered a gap in international fumigation standards, but has been unable to identify the offending ship.
Drowning highlights dangers of alcohol and boating
Wednesday, 10 August 2005The dangers of drinking too much alcohol while boating are highlighted by a Maritime NZ investigation concerning a man who drowned after falling overboard from a motor launch in December last year.
Stevedore sentencing holds clear message for workers
Wednesday, 3 August 2005Maritime New Zealand says the sentencing of a stevedore in Auckland yesterday surrounding a serious injury accident, sends a clear message to workers that they must take proactive steps to ensure everyone in the workplace is safe.
- July(4 releases)show media releases for july 2005
Missing Trimaran Manoah - Statement from family of Verona Hunt
Sunday, 17 July 2005The immediate family of Verona Hunt, the Nelson woman on board the overdue yacht Manoah, have asked the Rescue Co-ordination Centre to issue the following statement on their behalf.
Aerial Search for Trimaran Suspended
Saturday, 16 July 2005The overdue trimaran Manoah has not been found, despite an extensive two-day aerial search by an Air Force Orion of 370,000 square kilometres of ocean around the Kermedec Islands.
Orion to begin search for trimaran
Thursday, 14 July 2005An Air Force Orion will leave New Zealand at first light tomorrow to begin searching for the trimaran Manoah, which is thought to be overdue on a voyage from Nelson to Rarotonga.
- June(12 releases)show media releases for june 2005
American yachtie awaits rescue
Monday, 27 June 2005A 41yr old American yachtsman is awaiting rescue about 920 kms north east of Cape Brett after his yacht was dismasted during rough weather on its way from Opua in the Bay of Islands to the Cook Islands.
Missing sailors found safe and well
Sunday, 26 June 2005The Bluenose and her two crew have been located safe and well near a small island south east of the main island of New Caledonia.
Rescue underway for French sailors
Sunday, 26 June 2005Two French nationals will be rescued this morning after their yacht Maine lost its rudder and began taking on water about 210 kms North East of Cape Brett.
Search continues for missing yacht
Friday, 24 June 2005Despite a thorough search RNZAF Orion aircraft have failed to find any sign of the missing yacht Bluenose or her two crewmen.
Commercial fishing company sentenced today
Friday, 24 June 2005The commercial fishing company Sealord pleaded guilty and was convicted in the Nelson District Court today on two health and safety charges arising from the death of an employee last year.
Search underway for missing yacht
Friday, 24 June 2005A RNZAF Orion aircraft left Whenuapai at around 6am this morning to search for two crewmen aboard Bluenose, a yacht overdue from an Auckland to Tonga voyage.
Master suspended following close call
Friday, 17 June 2005The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has imposed a 14 day suspension on the master of Santa Regina while an incident in Tory Channel last week is thoroughly investigated.
Greater safety measures follow Aratere incidents
Thursday, 16 June 2005The Maritime Safety Authority today released its investigation findings into the near grounding of Aratere in Tory Channel on 29 September, and the close quarters incident involving Aratere and Kent in Wellington Harbour on 1 October.
Two rescued from stricken yacht
Tuesday, 14 June 2005Two people, including a New Zealander, were rescued at 10am this morning from the capsized yacht Ciru which was adrift overnight in heavy seas south of Fiji.
Two people rescued, second yacht located
Tuesday, 14 June 2005There is positive news this morning surrounding the rescue missions for the crew on board two yachts caught up in atrocious weather conditions north of New Zealand.
Rescue under way for two people adrift in life raft
Monday, 13 June 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is managing the rescue of two Swedish crewmembers who evacuated to their life raft after their yacht, Ciru, capsized tonight, 780 kilometres south of Fiji.
- May(12 releases)show media releases for may 2005
Iron Maiden report released
Wednesday, 25 May 2005The Maritime Safety Authority has passed several safety recommendations to the Department of Conservation following an investigation into the grounding of its workboat, Southern Winds, with 11 people on board in Fiordland on 9 October.
Sentencing holds clear message for fishing companies
Monday, 23 May 2005The Maritime Safety Authority says the sentencing of a fishing company in Wellington today, in relation to an engineer being seriously harmed, sends a clear message to other companies that employ seafarers.
Iron Maiden report released
Monday, 23 May 2005The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) today released its investigation report into an accident that claimed two lives off the Northland coast in August 2004.
Injured fisherman being flown to hospital
Friday, 20 May 2005A fisherman who was seriously injured today while fishing near Stewart Island has been winched into a helicopter which is taking him to hospital.
Emergency rescue under way for injured fisherman
Friday, 20 May 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating an urgent mission to rescue a fisherman who is suffering seriously injuries, offshore from the southwestern side of Stewart Island.
MSA releases report into Bay of Islands grounding
Wednesday, 18 May 2005The Maritime Safety Authority released findings today from an investigation into the grounding of the Bay of Islands sightseeing vessel Tiger III on 18 December.
Rescue under way for fishing vessel in distress
Wednesday, 18 May 2005Five people on board a fishing vessel in distress are being rescued today, about 105 miles northeast of Samoa.
Plane crash kills two in Taranaki
Wednesday, 4 May 2005Some wreckage of an aircraft has been located about 6kms east of Stratford.
Cook Strait Ferries – supplementary information
Tuesday, 3 May 2005Why hasn’t the MSA done these things before now?
Conditions imposed on Cook Strait ferry operators
Tuesday, 3 May 2005The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has imposed new conditions on all Cook Strait ferry operators.
Investigation underway into Marlborough Sounds collision
Tuesday, 3 May 2005The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has launched an investigation into the collision between the Bluebridge Ferry Santa Regina and a 10-metre bridgedecker boat in Queen Charlotte Sound last night.
- April(12 releases)show media releases for april 2005
Injured tramper rescued
Thursday, 28 April 2005A 69-year-old Wairoa woman has been taken to Taupo Hospital after being injured while tramping in the Whirinaki Forest Park today.
Five-day marine forecasts to begin Monday
Thursday, 28 April 2005Extended-range marine forecasts to help boaties and seafarers plan safer trips will go live this Monday.
Search and Rescue Updates
Sunday, 24 April 2005The following are updates to the attached media releases issued earlier today:
Yacht in Trouble Off Stewart Island
Sunday, 24 April 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre is arranging assistance for a yacht in trouble 30 kilometres southwest of Muttonbird Island, near the southern tip of Stewart Island.
Missing Fishing Vessels Located West of Nuie
Sunday, 24 April 2005An Air Force Orion has located two Samoan fishing vessels in difficulty about 60 kilometres west of Nuie.
DoC worker injured in Kermadecs
Thursday, 21 April 2005A Department of Conservation (DoC) worker will be flown to Auckland Hospital after receiving serious shoulder injuries in a tractor accident on Raoul Island yesterday.
Hunter rescued early this morning
Wednesday, 13 April 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand managed the rescue of a 37-year-old man early this morning, who became trapped while hunting about 30kms east of Lake Brunner on the West Coast of the South Island.
RCCNZ coordinates emergency landing of aircraft
Wednesday, 13 April 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand coordinated the emergency landing of a Piper Aztec aircraft at Paraparaumu Airport which had the Prime Minister on board, this morning.
Commercial fisherman sentenced today
Tuesday, 12 April 2005A fisherman was convicted for knowingly operating his vessel without the appropriate maritime qualification and fined $750, in Nelson District Court today.
Barge launch marks a New Zealand first
Monday, 4 April 2005New Zealand has a new tool to combat significant marine oil spills, and it’s the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Investigation into boating tragedy holds lessons for others
Monday, 4 April 2005The need for boaties to tell someone where they are going and what time they will return has been highlighted by investigation findings into the tragic deaths of two men off the coast of Napier on 14 October last year.
- March(7 releases)show media releases for march 2005
MSA says sentencing holds important safety lessons
Friday, 11 March 2005The Maritime Safety Authority says the sentencing of a stevedoring company in Auckland today, involving a serious accident last January, holds important health and safety lesson
Aratere sailing conditions expected to be lifted Monday
Thursday, 10 March 2005Subject to a final inspection, the Maritime Safety Authority expects to lift restrictions on the Aratere, allowing it to carry passengers again from Monday.
Poor lookout to blame for collision
Tuesday, 8 March 2005The Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has released its report into the collision between two fishing vessels in Golden Bay in November 2004.
Perseverance pays off for injured tramper
Thursday, 3 March 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand coordinated the rescue of a 66-year-old man this afternoon, injured while tramping near Lake Hauroko, in the southwest of the South Island.
Thursday, 3 March 2005A man has been taken to Auckland Hospital suffering from severe hypothermia after a small fishing vessel overturned 5 kilometres west of the South Manukau Heads at about 7.30pm last night.
- February(14 releases)show media releases for february 2005
Search for missing vessel northwest of Samoa
Monday, 28 February 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating a search for a fishing vessel believed to be in difficulty in hurricane-force weather conditions about 700 kilometres northwest of Samoa.
Search For Missing Crew Suspended
Saturday, 19 February 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre has suspended the search for the two remaining crew members that went missing when a fishing vessel sank north of Samoa last Wednesday during cyclone Olaf.
Another fishing vessel found, six people safe
Friday, 18 February 2005The fishing vessel reported missing last night has been found by the US Coastguard Hercules. All six people on board are safe.
Two people rescued from fishing boat
Friday, 18 February 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand this morning coordinated the rescue of two people from a fishing boat that has just sunk, 27 kilometres northwest of Hokitika.
Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (4)
Friday, 18 February 2005A search and rescue operation by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand continues today.
Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (3)
Thursday, 17 February 2005An extensive search and rescue operation by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has located three missing boats and is now concentrating on two missing crewmembers.
Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (2)
Thursday, 17 February 2005An extensive search and rescue operation by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand continues in the Pacific Ocean but all four missing boats have now been accounted for.
Update on Pacific search and rescue operation (1)
Thursday, 17 February 2005An extensive search and rescue operation by Rescue Centre Coordination New Zealand is continuing in the Pacific Ocean.
Extensive search for vessels battered by cyclones
Thursday, 17 February 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is coordinating an extensive search for at least three fishing vessels that are believed to be in difficulty due to atrocious weather conditions about 150kms north of Western Samoa.
Investigation into fishing tragedy holds safety messages
Tuesday, 15 February 2005The importance of wearing a life jacket and having communication equipment on hand has again been highlighted by accident investigation findings, this time into the tragic disappearance of the skipper and sole occupant of a fishing boat off the coast of Timaru on 6 March 2004.
Beacon helps fourth tramper this year
Monday, 14 February 2005The rescue of an injured tramper in Fiordland this morning is the fourth time this year that the importance of carrying a distress beacon in a remote location has been proven.
Aratere ferry to sail under conditions
Thursday, 10 February 2005The Maritime Safety Authority has released the Aratere from detention, but under conditions including that the ferry sails as a cargo ship only.
Plane crash near Taupo
Wednesday, 2 February 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand has located wreckage of a small plane which crashed about 12 noon with three people on board, about three miles east of Taupo township.
Safety reminder follows two weekend fatalities
Tuesday, 1 February 2005The Maritime Safety Authority says two boating fatalities at the weekend send a clear message to boaties that they must have a way of communicating with rescuers when they get into trouble, and that they must check the weather before heading out on the water.
- January(7 releases)show media releases for january 2005
Injured Mt Cook Climber Rescued
Sunday, 30 January 2005The Rescue Coodination centre has successfully coordinated the rescue of an injured climber on Mt Cook.
Injured Mt Cook Climber Rescued
Saturday, 29 January 2005The Rescue Coodination centre has successfully coordinated the rescue of an injured climber on Mt Cook.
Man flown to safety from Snares Islands
Tuesday, 25 January 2005The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand coordinated the rescue of a seriously ill 54-year-old Australian man from Snares Islands this morning.
Southern Ocean Medical Evacuation Underway
Tuesday, 25 January 2005The National Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the emergency evacuation of a 54 year old man who has fallen ill on the Snares islands, some 120 nautical miles south of New Zealand.
MSA says sentencing holds important safety lessons
Tuesday, 11 January 2005The Maritime Safety Authority says the sentencing of a managing director in Marlborough yesterday, involving a serious accident last January, holds important health and safety lessons for other owners and managers.
Injured fisherman being taken to hospital
Saturday, 8 January 2005An injured crewman aboard the fishing vessel, Mutual Enterprise, is being transferred to hospital.