SeaChange issue 27, August 2015
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Issue 27

August 2015

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

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In this issue

New Plymouth Forum a hit

Maritime NZ hosted the first of a series of industry forums in New Plymouth earlier this month.

Around 50 industry members and representatives from local government, Port Taranaki, and New Zealand Oil and Gas attended the two-day Forum, opened by Maritime NZ director Keith Manch.
Staff held clinics on Seacert and MOSS, and presented on a range of other subjects including the implications for the fishing sector of new health and safety legislation, and emergency response planning.

A second Forum is planned for Invercargill in October.

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New MOSS guidelines and templates

Take another look at the MOSS page on our website – the latest guidelines and templates are now up for the use of operators.

The “Mighty Sprite” sample operator plan provides an understanding of how an operator plan could be put together to meet the requirements of MOSS.

While this sample is intended for a small vessel, with limited staff, many components are appropriate for larger operations with multiple vessels.

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Couple survive crash

Photo courtesy of Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand was well rewarded with miraculous news when a Taranaki couple was found Monday morning, after surviving this plane crash and sheltering under their Zenith 601XL craft overnight. 

RCCNZ coordinated the rescue after being notified the plane was missing on Sunday night, and a beacon alert was detected in back country near Whangamomona.  The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter crew used a long winch of 15 metres to pull the man and woman to safety.

“Everyone involved in the search is obviously delighted with the outcome.  It has been an excellent effort in difficult terrain and weather conditions,” RCCNZ spokeman Chris Renshaw said.

Big Angry Fish plugs lifejackets

Check out videos received so far for our lifejacket promotion - in which entrants are eligible to win a day out fishing with Milan and Nathan from the hottest rated fishing show, Big Angry Fish, TV3 - airing every Sunday till October 18, at 5-6pm

Video entries of up to one minute must include why it is necessary to always wear a lifejacket, and the phrase “Get it on or it’s no Good”.  With spring hopefully just round the corner why not encourage family and friends to get out on their boat and get videoing – you only need your smartphone and a bit of creativity!.

You have until October 25:

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The Sounds of Compliance

Senior Constable Ross Lane of Wellington Police Maritime Unit, with Maritime Officers Max Walker and Michael-Paul Abbott – during a compliance operation in the Marlborough Sounds this month.

Senior Specialist Maritime Officer, Bruce McLaren, of Maritime NZ, said though the sight of the Police launch Lady Elizabeth IV  may have increased a few heart-rates, the primary focus of the operation was on providing information and advice.

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Like us on Facebook!

Maritime New Zealand will soon have its own dedicated Facebook page.
Our Safer Boating Facebook page will remain live and cater to recreational boaties.

We’ll ‘kick-start our new page by promoting World Maritime Day with #NZcareersatsea over September, and encourage you to like our new Maritime

NZ page to help spread the word of World Maritime Day.

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30,000 downloads for MarineMate

The MarineMate App that provides boating information for all New Zealand has reached 30,000 downloads since it was launched in 2013.

MarineMate has local information such as speed limits, mooring zones, towing access lanes, boat ramp locations, local area notices and tides, right at your finger tips.

Both MarineMate, and the MetService Marine App that recently reached 80,000 downloads, are available free from your APP store.


Our #NZcareersatsea four week campaign has begun. The aim of this campaign is to promote World Maritime Day and the variety of interesting and lucrative maritime careers available to students and careers advisors. We encourage you to send through a diverse range of photos for our photo wall, and promote #NZcareersatsea through your social media sites, to help spread the word.

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