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martin moore resizedThe Hawke's Bay Regional Harbourmaster's role is to enhance the safety of shipping and boaties (including kayakers and other vessels users) using the region's coast and rivers. This role has a huge range and variety; not unlike the various sizes of ships and boats that travel through our waters.

Find out more about the Harbourmaster's role and water safety in our video here.

For Harbourmaster notices about sea or river exclusion zones, click on Event Calendar here.


Here is the Summer 2016 newsletter from the Coastguard and Harbourmaster.

Navigation Safety Bylaws - Review 2017

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reviewing the Navigation Safety Bylaw that applies to coastal and some river areas. The bylaw covers boating safety, lifejacket rules, navigation infrastructure, and maps of activity zones (such as boat ramps and swimming zones).

You can view the draft bylaw here and current bylaw here.

You can find more information about the Review and how to make a submission here.

The Harbourmaster's Role

The Harbourmaster promotes the safe and navigable use of the region's waterways by:

  • Development of Navigation Safety Bylaws in consultation with the community and water users.
  • Enforcement of the Navigation Safety Bylaws and issuing fines or prosecutions.
  • Maintaining navigation aids and markers such as buoys, beacons and lights along the coast and within harbour limits
  • Removing navigation hazards such as large logs and drifting vessels
  • Disposing of wrecks and derelict vessels
  • Ensuring compliance with the Navigation Safety Bylaw through enforcement
  • Maintain maritime signage at boat ramps
  • Organising Tier 1 oil spill response. HBRC staff, Port staff and Coastguard volunteers are involved in regular oil spill drills to make sure they can respond quickly and effectively using the equipment stored ready for this purpose.
  • Providing exclusion areas for events such as multisport and boat races so they can be conducted within safe areas
  • Educating people about navigation and water safety.

Boating and Safety Education

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.

VHF Radio weather channel

If you are planning a trip on the water with your boat, don't forget to check to find the correct frequencies to tune in to for weather updates.

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