Maritime NZ

Maritime NZ is a Crown Entity that was established in 1993. It is governed by a five-member Board appointed by the Minister of Transport under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Maritime NZ’s mission to lead and support the maritime community to take responsibility for ensuring our seas are safe, secure and clean on behalf of all New Zealanders.


Maritime NZ has three key roles;

1. Regulation and Compliance

Maritime NZ helps to develop and maintain the national safety, security and environmental protection regulations that govern the operation of vessels, ports and offshore installations in New Zealand Waters.

2. Provision of maritime safety infrastructure

Maritime NZ maintains New Zealand’s coastal navigation aids to shipping (principally coastal lights), the national maritime distress and safety radio service, and an emergency locator beacon detection network for land, sea and air.

3. Response to incidents

Maritime NZ provides a national land, sea and air search and rescue coordination service. We also manage the development and improvement of national maritime incident and oil spill response capability, and lead New Zealand’s responses to significant maritime incidents and emergencies including oil spills.

Maritime NZ has approximately 250 staff locations in 10 regional offices and Wellington head office, at our Marine Pollution Response Centre in Auckland and our Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand in Lower Hutt.

SAR Role

The Director of Maritime New Zealand is a member of the NZSAR Council. 


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020