Ture ā Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Navigation Safety Bylaw

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Consultation for this project has now closed.

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.




Consultation for this project has now closed.

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.




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    Good afternoon, Could you clarify the statement "..carrying at least two independent FORMS of communication on a vessel" please, with regard to the following scenario: A small dinghy with two people on board, fishing 1000m from shore. As this is out of earshot "voice" is not applicable, as per the example of a kayaker closer to shore. If each person onboard has a cellphone, would that be considered two independent forms of communication? Or, as they are both of the same communication type (a cellphone), are they considered of the same FORM and therefore, the bylaw would also require second form, ie. VHF radio, to be installed in the dinghy? Thanks very much. Jared

    Jared Smith asked about 1 month ago

    Kia ora Jared,

     Thank you for taking time to provide feedback.

     With regards to the first scenario, if the dinghy was intending to go further than 100 meters or a distance not considered close to shore, then the person in charge of the dinghy must ensure that they have the appropriate means to be able to communicate with a land-based person(s). For example, two independent forms of communication may include a cell phone or VHF radio. In the scenario where a dinghy is relatively close to shore as with the kayak example, then the use of their voice would suffice as another form of communication.

     With regards to the second scenario with the carrying of two cell phones on board, if there was an issue with phone coverage from the water then it is assumed that both cell phones would not be useful in a case of an emergency. The main rationale behind having two different forms is that should one form not work, then there is at least another means of communication as a viable back up.

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    The Project Team