Ture ā Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Navigation Safety Bylaw

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About this project

Every day people use Auckland’s navigable waters for both recreation and business, for example boating, kayaking, kite boarding, swimming, fishing, and ferrying people and cargo.

The number of people and variety of uses of Auckland’s navigable waters can increase the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage. For example, jet skis used in swimming areas, illegally moored vessels and explosive cargo.

Council makes rules to minimise the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage within Auckland’s navigable waters

Why we need your feedback

The current Navigation Safety Bylaw will expire on 31 July 2021 and a new bylaw must be made before this date to avoid a regulatory gap. The new Bylaw must be well drafted, meet the requirements of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and the Local Government Act 2004, and be adopted using a public consultative process.

What we are proposing

We are proposing to better minimise the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage within Auckland’s navigable waters by making a new Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Navigation Bylaw and associated controls (rules for specific areas).

Major proposals in comparison to the existing Bylaw and associated controls are to:

  • Increase the maximum speed limit on the Waitematā Harbour Zone to 18 knots (currently 12 knots). Council has heard a range of views regarding speed limits within the Waitematā Harbour Zone and is seeking feedback on whether there should be a lower or higher speed limit than the proposed 18 knots. For example, the current 12 knots or an alternative like 15 knots.
  • Clarify existing rules, including about swimming, events and support vessels.
  • Make new rules about novel craft, for example motorised surfboards.
  • Amend existing rules about carrying a means of communication on vessel, to carrying at least two independent forms of communication on a vessel.
  • Align rules about the use of Ōrākei Basin with current accepted practices.
  • Remove rules about Commercial Vessels for Hire and Reward as this is addressed in separate legislation (Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016).
  • Remove rules about speed around Marine Mammals as this is better addressed under the Marine Mammals Protection Act.
  • Update the format and wording of the Bylaw and associated controls.
  • You can read about all the changes and the full proposal in the Statement of Proposal to make a new Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru 2021 / Auckland Council Navigation Bylaw 2021 and associated controls.

How to have your say

We would like to know what you think about the proposed new Navigation Bylaw and associated controls. Your input will help us to make improvements to how we protect the safety of the public and prevent nuisance and damage on Auckland’s navigable waters.

You can have your say by:

Auckland Council
Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014 Review

Freepost Number 165771

Private Bag 92300

Victoria Street West

Auckland 1142



About this project

Every day people use Auckland’s navigable waters for both recreation and business, for example boating, kayaking, kite boarding, swimming, fishing, and ferrying people and cargo.

The number of people and variety of uses of Auckland’s navigable waters can increase the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage. For example, jet skis used in swimming areas, illegally moored vessels and explosive cargo.

Council makes rules to minimise the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage within Auckland’s navigable waters

Why we need your feedback

The current Navigation Safety Bylaw will expire on 31 July 2021 and a new bylaw must be made before this date to avoid a regulatory gap. The new Bylaw must be well drafted, meet the requirements of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and the Local Government Act 2004, and be adopted using a public consultative process.

What we are proposing

We are proposing to better minimise the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage within Auckland’s navigable waters by making a new Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Navigation Bylaw and associated controls (rules for specific areas).

Major proposals in comparison to the existing Bylaw and associated controls are to:

  • Increase the maximum speed limit on the Waitematā Harbour Zone to 18 knots (currently 12 knots). Council has heard a range of views regarding speed limits within the Waitematā Harbour Zone and is seeking feedback on whether there should be a lower or higher speed limit than the proposed 18 knots. For example, the current 12 knots or an alternative like 15 knots.
  • Clarify existing rules, including about swimming, events and support vessels.
  • Make new rules about novel craft, for example motorised surfboards.
  • Amend existing rules about carrying a means of communication on vessel, to carrying at least two independent forms of communication on a vessel.
  • Align rules about the use of Ōrākei Basin with current accepted practices.
  • Remove rules about Commercial Vessels for Hire and Reward as this is addressed in separate legislation (Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016).
  • Remove rules about speed around Marine Mammals as this is better addressed under the Marine Mammals Protection Act.
  • Update the format and wording of the Bylaw and associated controls.
  • You can read about all the changes and the full proposal in the Statement of Proposal to make a new Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru 2021 / Auckland Council Navigation Bylaw 2021 and associated controls.

How to have your say

We would like to know what you think about the proposed new Navigation Bylaw and associated controls. Your input will help us to make improvements to how we protect the safety of the public and prevent nuisance and damage on Auckland’s navigable waters.

You can have your say by:

Auckland Council
Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014 Review

Freepost Number 165771

Private Bag 92300

Victoria Street West

Auckland 1142