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Issue 18, October 2014
WELCOME to SeaChange – highlighting what's new and what's changing at Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and in the maritime sector.

In this issue...

First Safer Boating Week makes waves

Real-life survival stories during New Zealand’s first Safer Boating Week highlight the genuine value of safety messages, MNZ Director Keith Manch says. Read media release

Big leap for safety

Water safety leaders made a splash by jumping into the chilly waters of Wellington Harbour to help launch Safer Boating Week. Read more  View photos

Heavyweight support for Safer Boating Week

Pania of the Reef did it ... Peter Snell did it ... even John Plimmer and Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson got in on the act when lifejackets became the height of fashion for statues around the country during Safer Boating Week. Read more.  View photos.

Check our MOSS feedback page for updates

We're regularly refreshing this page to answer questions and provide info about MOSS. Our latest update is about engaging a surveyor. Read more

Don't throw it, stow it

The Ministry for the Environment is introducing changes to the Marine Pollution Regulations under the Resource Management Act 1998.  Read more [MfE website]

 Boating initiatives funded for youth

Thousands of young people will get boat safety training or learn how to sail after MNZ granted $77,000 of recreational boating funding to eight sector groups. Read more

Joint operation focuses on aquaculture

MNZ took to the water with NZ Police in an operation targeting mussel farmers and the aquaculture sector in the Marlborough Sounds. Read more

Grace period for some adventure activity operators

WorkSafe NZ is extending its deadline to be registered under the Adventure Activities Regulations for some operators. Read more

Wreckage of missing helicopter found

After a four-day search, the wreckage of a missing helicopter was found, along with the pilot's body. Read more

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Highlights
Top tips for preparing your operator plan
Make sure your operator plan is a resource you can refer to and use, not just something you produce to meet MOSS application requirements. Read tips

Top tips for site visits
MNZ will visit your site after we've reviewed your operator plan. Follow our top tips to be well prepared. Read tips

 
Seafarer medical and eyesight requirements

View updated info for seafarers about medical fitness and eye examinations, along with info for medical practitioners and optometrists
Obsolete beacon sparks wasteful search
A search for a distress beacon transmitting in error prompted RCCNZ to remind beacon users to dispose of old beacons properly. Read more

Safer Boating Week put the spotlight firmly on ensuring boaties follow through with safety when they’re out on the water this summer.

New research shows the majority of New Zealanders have good safety attitudes, but these don't always translate into safe behaviour.

Read more
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