Applying to hold a temporary maritime event
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About temporary events
Temporary maritime events can be as diverse as a power boat race, jet boat rally, yachting regatta, or paddle craft race.
A temporary maritime event can be held on a river, lake or in coastal areas where you need:
- exclusive use of an area or
- a temporary suspension of speed requirements for recreational vessels
Depending on who is responsible for safety of the waterway(s), in the area where you want to hold the event, you will have to apply to either:
- Maritime New Zealand or
- the local regional council.
In general a regional council will be responsible for inland regional waterways but in some cases Maritime New Zealand has this responsibility. In general, regional councils are responsible for activities within 12 nautical miles (22.5km) of the shore.
Organise a maritime event
How to organise an event
1. Determine who you need to apply to
Check with the area you would like to hold your event to determine who you will need to apply to:
2. Know your responsibilities
The club or organisation that is coordinating the event is responsible for:
- ensuring the safety of all participants and the public
- complying with all the requirements that are applicable to the event being held
These may go beyond Maritime NZ areas of responsibility.
As the organiser, you should consult your territorial / local authority (this may be a city or district council) and WorkSafe NZ to establish the requirements that may apply to your event.
3. Complete the application form
If you would like to hold your event within an area that MNZ is responsible for, you will need to apply to the Director of Maritime NZ for a grant to temporarily:
- suspend or uplift vessel speed limits
- reserve areas of waterways
You will need to complete the Temporary maritime event application form and provide any additional documentation that may be required.
Before granting an application, under maritime rules Part 91 Navigation Safety Rules, the Director must be satisfied that you have the appropriate safeguards in place to ensure public safety and that you have consulted with potentially affected parties.
If you would like to hold your event in an area that MNZ is NOT responsible for, you will need to contact the relevant authorities.