Boat sewage app
A free phone app is available from the Northland Regional Council website. It shows your location in relation to the Northland and Auckland sewage discharge restriction areas.
How you can meet our sewage rules
- Use toilets on shore before you depart.
- Fit a holding tank.
- Use pump-out facilities where available, such as those at many of Auckland’s marinas.
- Install a treatment system for your boat.
Treated sewage can be discharged in most areas away from marine farms, with different requirements depending on whether the treatment system is Grade A or Grade B.
For more on treatment grades, see the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998.
Other marine pollution
No rubbish can be dumped in the sea or on land. Take your rubbish home.
Deal with spills of oil or fuel from your boat immediately and clean them using special sorbent material. You can buy sorbent pads from most chandlers or marine stores.
Dispose of any oil or oily waste at your local transfer station or through a waste contractor.
Report spills of oil, petrol or diesel to the Harbourmaster duty officer on 09 362 0397.
When you clean your boat hull, make sure you collect any contaminant material or debris and remove it from the foreshore, seabed and water.
Use collection devices such as ground covers, nettings, or suction pumps for debris located in water.
Use low impact antifouling products, such as non-copper, low copper formulation or low copper release antifouling paint.
For more information, see the brochure on Safely using antifouling paints at the Environmental Protection Authority website.
Download the Ministry for the Environment Sewage systems for recreational boats guide.
Read the Maritime New Zealand summary of the regulations for sewage discharge and treatment and garbage disposal.