The Hawke's Bay Regional Harbormasters role is to oversee the safety of commercial shipping and recreational boating (including kayaks, paddle boards, dinghies and jet skis etc) that use the region's coast and rivers, from Mahanga in the north, to Porangahau in the south.
Find out more about the Harbourmaster's role and water safety in our video below.
For Harbourmaster notices about sea or river exclusion zones, click on Event Calendar here.
The 2018 Navigation Safety Bylaw requires jet skis to be registered through the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, or any other regional council that registers jet skis. Find out how to register your jet ski here.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has reviewed the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018 that applies to coastal and some river areas. The bylaw covers boating safety, life jacket rules, navigation infrastructure, and maps of activity zones (such as boat ramps and swimming zones). The Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018 has had final approval from the Regional Council.
The Harbourmaster will be adding infringement fees to the bylaw once these are finally approved by the Government.
The Harbourmaster promotes the safe and navigable use of the region's waterways by:
The Harbourmaster is responsible for the successful Safe Boating in Schools programme which is run annually throughout Hawke's Bay at no cost to the schools. This extends to the school holiday and Afcare schemes. If you would like us to bring this interactive and beneficial programme to your school or Afcare centre, please read and complete the registration form below or call the Harbourmaster on +6468334525.
Safer Boating NZ - Safer Boating aims to focus boaties’ attention on key safety messages
Water Safety NZ - national organisation responsible for water safety
Coastguard - volunteer rescue crews provide the primary maritime search and rescue service in New Zealand.
AdventureSmart - AdventureSmart provides tips, links and advice for you to plan and prepare any activity safely, for any level of ability.
www.pbhb.co.nz – Paddle boarding
www.safeboatingnz.co.nz – Recreational Boating Instruction
www.jbnz.co.nz – Jet Boating
email firstname.lastname@example.org – Jet Skis
Swimming Education NZ - courses in schools
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