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Coastal Events

Sports, recreation and celebratory events on the marine foreshore or rivers may apply to the Harbourmaster for exclusion zones so the event can be managed safely for everyone involved and these events are listed here.

Coastal & River Events Calendar

Sports, recreation and celebratory events on the marine foreshore or in our rivers are listed here, so you can plan to watch them or to organise your event around them.  Please advise the Harbourmaster if you have an event to list by using the online form below 

Exclusion Zones

Organisers may require an exclusion zone to ensure their event can be managed safely for everyone involved. Event organisers can use the form below to apply to the Harbourmaster for an exclusion zone under the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018.  This sets a 'no-go' area for other activities or to lift speed restrictions, such as for high speed jet boat events where there is normally a 5 knot limit. It gives organisers authority to manage the zone to exclude any craft or people who could disrupt or be a hazard.

A Harbourmaster Notice in Hawke's Bay Today or relevant local newspaper (and on this website) formally notifies the zone, and the cost of these advertisements will be passed onto the event organisers.  You are welcome to discuss likely advertising costs (around $200 + GST) with the Harbourmaster, so you can budget ahead.  Even if you do not require a safety zone, please notify the Harbourmaster, as it can help avoid a clash with another event. 

You can apply for an event that is on the marine foreshore or river using the form below. Allow a minimum of 4 weeks before the event to process the application. 

Maritime Event Application Form

Sports, recreation and celebratory events along our coast or along our rivers may require exclusion zones so the event can be managed safely for everyone involved. 

Event organisers should apply to the Harbourmaster for exclusion zones (under the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018) to set 'no-go' areas for other activities or lift speed restrictions (eg jet boat events).  You will be sent an account for a Harbourmaster Notice in Hawke's Bay Today or relevant local newspaper to formally notify the zone to the public.  Event marshals have authority to manage safety aspects, including how non-event craft move through the exclusion zone.

Please apply using the online form below. Allow a minimum of 4 weeks before the event to process the application. Please include the following with your application:

  • A detailed nautical chart or map of the area over which the activity is to take place.
  • A safety plan for the event, detailing, identifying and managing all risks associated with the event. See Safety Plan requirements below.
  • A copy of your public liability insurance policy that details the insurer, insurance cover amount, relevant exclusions and policy expiry date.
  • A copy of the application for a test certificate for an outdoor pyrotechnic display work (if applicable).
  • Written authorisation from the occupier/trustee of the foreshore land intended to be used for the event (if applicable).
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