Maritime NZ

Maritime NZ is a Crown Entity established in 1993 to lead and support the maritime community to take responsibility for ensuring safe, secure and clean seas.


Maritime New Zealand's origins go back to 1862 with the establishment of the Marine Board. After a period of control by the Customs Department in the late nineteenth century, it operated as the Marine Department until 1972, at which time it was absorbed into the Ministry of Transport. Maritime NZ is governed by an independent Board. Appointed by the  Government, the five-member Board directs overall strategy, and appoints the Director of Maritime NZ who manages the organisation.

Maritime New Zealand’s role is to ensure the marine environment is safe, secure and clean for all its users, and that it stays that way well into the future. Some 130 staff work throughout New Zealand, with the majority based in Wellington at its national office. There are also ten regional offices around New Zealand and there are two large teams based in Auckland and Avalon – the National Oil Spill Service Centre and Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand respectively. Maritime NZ serves a wide range of maritime activity – from large merchant ships arriving in New Zealand from overseas, through to small recreational craft.

 Maritime NZ is has interests in:

  • Accident Investigation
  • The provision of aids to navigation
  • Search and Rescue
  • Commercial shipping
  • Maritime radio
  • Marine pollution
  • Maritime Security
  • Oil Spill response
  • Recreational Boating
  • Marine rules

SAR Role

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

Maritime New Zealand manages the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand that is located in Avalon.



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Monday, February 18, 2019