Boat speed crackdown promise

A hard line on speeding boats, and jet skis in Tauranga harbour is promised this summer in a ‘no excuses' policy announced by Maritime New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is amount eight councils trialing the policy which will... Read More

Prep, Check, Know

Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) ends today but Safer Boating Forum Chair, Maritime NZ Deputy Director Lindsay Sturt, is urging boaties to “Prep, Check and Know” before getting to the boat ramp at the long weekend. Statistics show 90 per... Read More

NZ is a 'nation of boaties'

More than half the country may have taken to the water in boats last summer, according to new research released this week. The 51 per cent who are estimated to have gone recreational boating over the summer, were driven by the weather, says Safer BoatingForum... Read More

Big and plentiful for opening day

There were rich pickings on the opening weekend of the new fishing season – big bags, big fish. Lake Rotoiti produced the biggest fish including a trout of more than four kilos (nine pound), and another six fish that also weighed in well over three... Read More

PM approves US Navy ship visit

United States Navy destroyer USS Sampson has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key. The USS Sampson, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer and the first US military ship to visit New Zealand in 32 years, will be talking... Read More

Safer boating funding boost

A series of workshops that aim to improve Bay boaties' knowledge around safer boating practices have been awarded Maritime New Zealand grants. In the single largest grant made, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council received $62,000 out of a total... Read More

Light slime all the time

‘No more than light slime' is the new mantra for boat owners when it comes to checking their hulls for marine pests. Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff and contractors are expecting to check up to 2000 boat hulls this summer in their efforts... Read More

Palm kernel denied entry into NZ

The Ministry for Primary Industries has denied a vessel carrying 23,000 tonnes of palm kernel to discharge its cargo in New Zealand. The bulk carrier Molat has been at anchor off Mount Maunganui for more than a month after it was discovered the importer... Read More

Wharf jump marks message

The annual Safe Boating Week wharf jump added a twist this year to emphasise the difference between wearing and carrying life jackets. The first into the water this year were carrying instead of wearing their life jackets to make a point. “Always... Read More

Bit of fun underlines serious message

The Safer Boating Forum's week-long annual boating safety initiative has gotten off to a flying start. The forum's 2017 Safer Boating Week kicked off on Friday with its traditional wharf jump in Wellington and Auckland to highlight the tragedy... Read More

Opinion Poll

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