Southland, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and Environment Southland work
together to ensure navigation safety is addressed.
Maritime New Zealand is
the government agency tasked with managing maritime safety throughout the
country. Their principal objective is to undertake activities that promote a
safe maritime environment to provide effective marine pollution prevention and
an effective marine oil pollution response system, at reasonable cost.
MNZ develops maritime and marine protection rules, provides technical advice
on maritime safety and environmental protection issues, advice on ministerial
correspondence, parliamentary questions and liaises with industry.
Environment Southland has the statutory function to promote social,
economic, environmental and cultural well-being in our region, which includes
navigation safety. We do this through bylaws such at the Navigation Safety
Bylaws, and through the appointment of harbourmasters and honorary enforcement
Some of the functions of MNZ and ES overlap. For example, both MNZ and ES
have controls to address navigation safety. MNZ developed Maritime Rule Part 91
- Navigation Safety, which aims to be a national standard providing for a
consistent approach across the country. Environment Southland has the Southland
Navigation Safety Bylaws 2009 as revised in December 2015, which governs safe
navigation practices on our rivers, lakes and at sea, out to the 12 nautical
Download the Navigation Safety Bylaws
Safer boating guide
This booklet gives you essential information for an enjoyable and safe time on the water.
Safer Boating Guide
Safe boating brochures
Environment Southland is committed to safe boating for everyone and has
put together a number of Navigation Safety Brochures that you can