NZ to take part in largest military exercise

The New Zealand Defence Force is sending a warship, two aircraft, a helicopter and more than 300 personnel to take part in the world’s largest international maritime military exercise. Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18...... Read More

Coastguard Tauranga volunteer work recognised

Coastguard’s volunteers and the tireless work they do in New Zealand communities was recognised and celebrated this National Volunteer Week. From June 17-24, the theme of National Volunteer Week 2018 was “Volunteers, The Heart of our Community”...... Read More

Defence force helps boaties in distress

The New Zealand Defence Force came to the aid last night of two boaties who sent a mayday call after their nine-metre launch grounded on rocks off Waiheke Island. Royal New Zealand Navy Captain Dave McEwan, the Maritime Component Commander, said offshore...... Read More

Largest fishing vessel arrives home

New Zealand’s most modern deep-sea fishing vessel received a warm welcome from locals as she arrived in Nelson on Friday. The brand new, state-of-the-art vessel docked at 9am, and is the first to be added to the country’s deep-water fleet...... Read More

Jail sentence for paua poacher

Ministry for Primary Industries is sending out a reminder on the severity of illegal gathering and selling of pāua, after a man was jailed for paua poaching offences. Kaitāia man William Rini Wikitera, 42, received a year-long jail term when he was...... Read More

Fish & Game backs efforts to stop Lake Snow spread

Fish & Game is urging its licenceholders to check, clean and dry their angling and hunting equipment to help combat the North Island spread of the algae which causes lake snow. The microscopic algae – known as Lindavia intermedia - has been found...... Read More

New rules make some boat paint illegal to import

Some anti-fouling paints can no longer be imported or manufactured in New Zealand after the Environmental Protection Authority determined they are too toxic to marine life. Dr Stephen Cobb from the EPA’s Hazardous Substances Group says anti-fouling...... Read More

Harbour watchdog endorses plastics ban

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group — IKHMG — has given a ringing endorsement to growing action against plastics pollution, with bans on supermarket single-use plastic bags, and corporates signing up to the New Zealand Plastic...... Read More

Oil spill clean-up yields 25 bags

Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff have completed their clean-up of the shoreline at Matapihi, Tauranga, following yesterday’s oil spill. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Regulatory Compliance Manager Stephen Mellor says staff worked quickly...... Read More

Oil spill in Tauranga Harbour

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is asking anyone who notices oil near Matapihi to report it to their pollution hotline. The council received calls of an oil spill at Matapihi in Tauranga Harbour south of the rail bridge, at about 4pm. The oil, which...... Read More