$470,000 for safer boating grants
Maritime NZ announces $470,000 for safer boating grants
17 October 2016
As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) Maritime NZ has announced $470,000 dollars in grants – a major increase in national funding for recreational boating programmes,
Last year safer boating grants totalled $124,000 and in 2014 they totalled $77,000.
The Government provides the funding for safer boating grants from the Fuel Excise Duty on petrol. A proportion of this duty is paid by recreational boaties fueling power boats.
Thousands more boaties will now be reached through face-to-face training courses, school programmes, smartphone apps, subsidised “Old 4 New” lifejacket upgrades, and many more initiatives.
“Our aim is to support community programmes that help boaties be safer,” the Chair of the Safer Boating Forum*, Maritime NZ Deputy Director Lindsay Sturt, said.
“We are helping groups and regional councils to do more to interact directly with boaties.”
Mr Sturt said Maritime NZ is also looking at how councils and boating organisations can be funded over three years so programmes could have continuity.
“Continuity will hopefully lead to fewer boaties dying in preventable accidents. Programmes could be better planned, messages repeated and reinforced, and you are more likely to get safer behaviour.”
Summary of the
15 programmes funded:
|Marlborough District Council||Tailored safety training courses for local boaties and support material, plus on-water patrols||$20,350|
|Bay of Plenty Regional Council||Safety compliance programme - boat ramp workshops, roadshow presentations (clubs, groups, boat shows) college visits, on-water enforcement||$62,000|
|Environment Canterbury Regional Council||Programme including boat ramp safety promotions, on water patrols, competitions and media, all promoting boating safety through information, advice, education and compliance activities.||$50,000|
|Waikato Regional Council||Update the successful Marine Mate smartphone app, produce fishing rulers to help compliance with MPI rules and waterproof cellphone bags.||$23,000|
|Hawke's Bay Regional Council||Safer boating education for more than 2,000 for primary and intermediate school children||$10,000|
|Environment Southland||Regional newspaper and radio advertising and face-to-face engagement with boaties on the water and at boat ramps.||$30,000|
Nelson City Council
|Boat ramp safety promotion (Fuel for safety) boat checks and associated media coverage; harbourmasters invitational race day Oct 15 with a variety of water sports clubs; be a harbourmaster for a day colouring competition; plus meetings with clubs and other organisations; school visits; increased water safety patrols; updated boat ramp signage etc.||$30,000|
|Tasman District Council||On the water safer boating patrols - extension of current programme.||$15,000|
|Queenstown Lakes District Council||Local radio advertising to support Council boating safety compliance campaign||$5,000|
|Eight regional councils||On-water enforcement activity – details to be confirmed.||$50,000|
|Coastguard Boating Education||Folau Malu Journey Safely (Pasifika Boating Education Programme).– provide day skipper, basic sea survival, boatmaster, and day skipper tutor courses for Pasifika boating safety ‘champions'||$50,000|
|NZ Sport Fishing Council Inc.||‘Hiwi the
Kiwi' – reach 5000 Pacific island and Maori
students at 10 decile one schools in South Auckland with
lifejacket and boat safety programme||$14,000|
|Coastguard New Zealand||Extension of 'Old 4 New' lifejacket upgrade campaign to cover the North Island.||$75,000|
|Yachting NZ||A hands on sailing programme for 3,500 8 to
12-year-old children in the 'Volvo Sailing… Have a Go!'
training programme (including boating safety).||$25,000|
|Coastguard NZ||Production of Boating Safety Codebrochure and advertising||$10,000|
Safer Boating Week, October 14-21
Safer Boating Week is the
week before Labour Day weekend, the traditional start of
recreational boating in much of the country. The aim is to
encourage boaties to take simple steps before getting back
on the water: Prep your boat, Check your Gear, Know the
Lots more information at www.saferboating.org.nz and on our Facebook Safer Boating NZ
• Prep– service the
engine, check and change the fuel, check the battery and
just generally give the boat a good
• Check– make sure your lifejackets are still fit for purpose and you have enough. Service any inflatable lifejackets and ensure you have two reliable forms of communication equipment.
• Know– ensure you know the “rules of the road” on the water, and check your local bylaws to make sure you understand what the requirements are in your area.
* The Safer Boating Forum was established in 2000 to coordinate and implement recreational boating safety initiatives. It is made up of government agencies and local government, water safety and recreational boating organisations, and the marine industry. The Forum’s work is aimed at reducing boating injuries and fatalities and improving boat safety behaviour. Maritime NZ chairs the Forum and members include Coastguard, Jet Boating NZ, Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers, local and central government, NZ Fishing News, NZ Jet Sports Boating Association, NZ Marine Industry Association, NZ Underwater Association, Surf Lifesaving NZ, Waka Ama NZ, Water Safety NZ, WaterSafe Auckland, White Water NZ, and Yachting NZ.