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Maritime Event - Tuia 250

Maritime Transport Act 1994 - Declaration of Major Maritime Event

Public Notice
Description: Tuia 250 Voyage Opening Ceremonies on 5 & 8 October 2019
Closing Date: 8 October 2019 at 5:00pm
Contact Name: Roger Brown, Ministry of Transport
Contact Email: r.brown@transport.govt.nz

Quick Reference Q&A.

Q. Can I watch the Tuia 250 flotilla arrive from my boat?
A. Yes, as long as you follow the rules and regulations around life jackets and exclusion zones.

Q. How close can I get to the flotilla?
A. If a vessel is at anchor, there is a 200m exclusion zone. If it is moving, there is a 100m exclusion zone.

Q. Can we follow the flotilla in our boat?
A. Yes - at 5 knots and no closer than 100m while they are underway.

Q. How many vessels will be in the flotilla?
A. On 5 October, three visiting waka and va'a with other local vessels invited. On 8 October, three tall ships with other vessels invited.

Q. What is the designated area affected by this event?
A. From Tuahine Point, across to Te Kuri a Pāoa (Young Nick's Head) and everything inside Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay). 

Q. What days and times does this apply to?
A. From midnight to midnight on 5 October and 8 October, 2019.

Q. Can we just anchor inside Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) and watch from the water?
A. No - the only vessels that can anchor inside the bay are those involved in the official ceremonies.

Q. Do we have to wear lifejackets on our boats?
A. It is maritime law that you must have a lifejacket for every person on board.

Q. Can I launch my boat from the Inner Harbour boat ramp on the open days (6 and 9 October)?
A. No - the alternates are Anzac Park and Marina Park but both are tide dependent.

Q. Will it be better to watch the arrival from sea or land?
A. On 5 October, the vessels will come (weather dependent) right into Te Waiohiharore (The Cut) or into Waikanae for the pōhiri so there will be plenty of great vantage points on land.

Q. What VHF channels will the harbourmaster be on?
A. Channel 16

Q. I have more questions. Who do I contact?
A. Salvatore Ali, Gisborne District Council Harbourmaster


Pursuant to section 200A(1) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994, and on the application from Gisborne District Council, I declare the Tuia 250 Voyage Opening Ceremonies to be an event to which section 200B of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 applies on both 5 October 2019 and 8 October 2019.

Designated area
General designated areas

The designated area will be Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) to the seaward limits of Gisborne Harbour as defined within the Gisborne Harbour Act 1905, namely a straight line from Te Kuri a Paoa (Young Nick’s Head) to Tuahine Point.
This is from the low water mark at Te Kuri a Paoa (Young Nick’s Head) at 38.7579°S, 177.9723°E to Tuahine Point at 38.7082°S, 178.0693°E and then in a straight line between those two points.

The attached map at Appendix One can be used as a visualisation of this. The map is not to scale and is for visualisation purposes only.

Conditions and requirements

Within the designated area defined above, the following conditions and requirements apply.

  1. Only ships which are official participants in the Tuia 250 Voyage may anchor within the designated area for the duration of the event.
  2. All commercial shipping traffic is prohibited from transiting through the designated area for the duration of the event.
  3. A 200 metre prohibition zone is to be maintained in all directions around any participating ships while at anchor.
  4. A 100 metre prohibition zone is to be maintained in all directions around any participating ships while underway.
  5. Spectator vessels are permitted within the designated area, subject to a five knot (9.3km/h) speed restriction at all times.
  6. All vessels are to remain in compliance with all Regional Bylaws and Navigation Safety Rules at all times – namely Gisborne Navigation and Safety Bylaw 2012, Maritime Rules, and harbourmaster directions.
  7. The Harbourmaster may vary conditions for the day to day management and conduct of activities within the designated area (per section 200A(2)(e) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994) as required to allow for the proper management and conduct of ships and activities within the designated area or for the purposes of maritime safety.
Hours of operation

The declaration will apply 24 hours per day on both 5 October 2019 and 8 October 2019.

Means of enforcement

Compliance with the above conditions and requirements will be enforced by appointed enforcement officers, as defined in section 200B(6) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994:

  1. all constables; and all police employees who are not constables authorised for the purpose by the Commissioner of Police
  2. all members of the New Zealand Defence Force authorised for the purpose by the Chief of Defence Force
  3. harbourmasters employed or engaged by any harbour controlling authority
  4. such other persons as may for the time being be authorised for the purpose by the regional council within whose region the even or occasion is being held.

Those persons authorised above may also be assisted by Honorary Enforcement Officers from various local agencies including; Coastguard New Zealand, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Maritime New Zealand’s Maritime Officers, Harbourmaster personnel engaged from neighbouring regions, and local Maori Wardens. These personnel will be appointed by the Gisborne District Council under clause 5.2 of the Gisborne District Council Navigation and Safety Bylaw 2012.

Under section 200B(5) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994, any person who contravenes this notice commits an offence and is liable for the relevant penalty prescribed in the Maritime Transport (Infringement Fees for Offences Relating to Major Maritime Events) Regulations 1999.

Application to enforcement officers

Enforcement officers are exempt from the rules or conditions contained in this notice where necessary to execute their duties, but must at all times navigate in accordance with Maritime Rule Part 22: Collision Prevention.

I make this declaration in accordance with the requirements set out in section 200A(3) of the Maritime Transport
Act 1994.

Dated at Wellington this 10th day of September 2019.
HON PHIL TWYFORD, Minister of Transport