News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Excellent lifejacket compliance – keep it up at Easter

Excellent lifejacket compliance – keep it up at Easter

13 April 2017

Initial results from a new national on-the-water survey show 96 percent of boaties are following the lifejacket rules, and the Director of Maritime NZ, Keith Manch, is urging boaties to keep up the good work at Easter.

“The weather is forecast to clear during the weekend, and Easter is traditionally recreational boaties’ last big weekend before many put their boats away for winter. Wearing lifejackets is a great way to ensure the weekend doesn’t include tragedy,” Mr Manch said.

“If you are thinking about going out at the weekend, as well as wearing your lifejackets, I urge you to first check the MetService marine forecast. It includes information about sea swells and tides that is particularly important after a storm. If in doubt, don’t go out.”

The survey results show up to 93 percent of boaties were wearing lifejackets when they are required to. In addition, 96 percent were carrying enough lifejackets for everyone on board.

“These are excellent results. Wearing your lifejackets is the single most important thing you can do to help keep yourself safe on the water,” Mr Manch said.

“This research suggests that message is getting through and boaties are doing the right things. We want that to continue.

“Plan and prepare before you go on the water and remember the common sense advice of the safer boating code: Wear your lifejacket, take two waterproof ways to call for help, check the marine weather forecast, avoid alcohol, and be a responsible skipper.

Survey summary
This was the first national survey of its kind in New Zealand. It measured actual behavior of boaties observed on-the-water, and was based on surveys run by Waikato Regional Council. In previous national surveys boaties reported what they would do or had done.

Staff from the harbour masters’ offices of eight councils’ and Maritime NZ surveyed 1,505 recreational boats over summer. All the vessels were on the sea, lakes or rivers. Lifejackets, communications equipment and dive flags were checked.

Initial results show 90 percent of vessels had some form of communication equipment, and 85 percent of those had waterproof communications equipment.

Of the boats surveyed, 102 were supporting divers but of those only 47 (46 percent) were displaying dive flags. For the safety of divers, boats must slow down to 5 knots within 200 metres of a dive flag. Without a flag showing, other boats do not know to slow down.

Of the 1,505 boats surveyed, most (1,231) had no offence was detected, while 231 skippers were verbally warned for minor infractions, and 43 breach notices were issued at the time. Around 700 skippers were given educational material.
The councils that took part were Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury.

“This is a great example of collaboration between national and regional agencies,” Mr Manch said.

A preliminary report on the survey is at

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>


Monterey: Rodger Fox Big Band Invited To Celebrated Festival

The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year. More>>

AntARTica: Scientist’s Painting Discovered In Antarctic Hut

The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Set In Stone

Tthere are over a thousand public war memorials scattered around the country, commemorating over 30,000 New Zealanders who have died in wartime, and most of whom are buried overseas. More>>>More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland