enjoying the spectacular weather in Te Anau and Manapouri over Labour Weekend
impressed harbourmaster Lyndon Cleaver with their commitment to safety.
is traditionally the start of the summer boating season in Southland and the
weather proved a drawcard for hundreds to get out on the water as part of the
annual Stabicraft fishing competition.
the weekend was also the launch of the ‘No Excuses’ campaign, which Environment
Southland is partnering with Maritime New Zealand to carry out this summer.
campaign is aimed at deterring those boaties who don’t prioritise safety and
choose to break the rules, with a focus on the wearing of lifejackets on boats
six metres and under, obeying speed limits and carrying two forms of working
over the weekend they were impressed at the response from boaties, with no
infringements handed out for breaches of the rules, and many rewarded with
drink bottles and sunscreen for displaying good behaviour.
a really good vibe out on the water, everybody was enjoying themselves and
staying safe, wearing well-fitted lifejackets and sticking to the speed
In a small
hiccup to the end of the weekend, a boat out on Lake Te Anau lost power on
Monday morning and had no additional means of propulsion. Fortunately they had
two forms of communication on board and were able to call for assistance.
all the right things in this case and a nearby boat was actually able to tow
them back in, but it is a good reminder of the need to plan for all
possibilities. We recommend having a set of oars or a small secondary outboard
as emergency backup.”
Excuses’ campaign will continue throughout the summer, with popular boating
areas in Te Anau, Manapouri, Bluff and Riverton to be targeted.
want everybody to enjoy boating in Southland and we are saying this year there
will be no excuses for breaking rules and those who put themselves and others
at risk will be subject to penalties.”