Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Aim for safe summer boating and swimming

Aim for safe summer boating and swimming

18 December 2013

With thoughts turning to aquatic pursuits as the summer break approaches, the Council’s Port Taranaki’s Harbourmaster is urging boaties to help ensure everyone stays safe while having fun.

“Common sense and courtesy are the basics for avoiding navigation or safety problems and mishaps,” says John Ireland. “Boaties and others using Port Taranaki should also know what’s required under the Navigation Bylaws and Maritime Rules.”

This summer, Port Taranaki harbour wardens and Taranaki Regional Council enforcement officers will be on the lookout for:

• Watercraft, particularly jetskis, exceeding the 5 knot speed limit inside the lee breakwater and within 200m of shore elsewhere.

• Unauthorised vessels entering the reserved wharf area.

• Lack of observers on boats that are towing waterskiers.

• Boats not carrying lifejackets, or with under-age operators.

• People swimming, diving or playing near jetties, boat ramps or other dangerous areas.

• Boats getting too close to ships and other large vessels.

“The port’s becoming increasingly busy, especially with the amount of offshore hydrocarbon exploration and development taking place,” says Mr Ireland. “It’s also a great place for summer recreation, as long as everyone follows the rules.”

The Taranaki Regional Council website has information on the Navigation Bylaws (www.trc.govt.nz/navigation-and-safety/) and there are signs at boat ramps noting requirements and restrictions, particularly concerning vessel speed.

Recent legislation changes allow the Taranaki Regional Council to issue infringement notices (instant fines) of up to $150 to those found breaching the Bylaws.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics.

Can the two surviving Maori Party MPs (one electorate, one list) credibly work together with the old firebrand who split up the group years ago, and still hope to rekindle some of that same old magic? More>>

 

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news