The current Navigation Safety Bylaw will expire on 31 July 2021. We need to create a new bylaw before then to avoid a regulatory gap.
The new bylaw must meet the requirements of:
It also must be adopted using a public consultation process.
What we are proposing
We are proposing to create a new Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Navigation Bylaw and associated controls (rules for specific areas) to minimise the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage within Auckland's navigable waters.
Changes to the existing bylaw
The new bylaw aims to:
- increase the maximum speed limit on the Waitematā Harbour Zone to 18 knots (currently 12 knots)
- clarify existing rules, including about swimming, events and support vessels
- make new rules about vessels such as motorised surfboards
- amend existing rules about carrying a means of communication on a vessel, to carrying at least two independent forms of communication on a vessel
- align rules about the use of Ōrākei Basin with current accepted practices
- remove rules about Commercial Vessels for Hire and Reward as this is addressed in separate legislation (Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016)
- remove rules about speed around marine mammals as this is better addressed under the Marine Mammals Protection Act
- update the format and wording of the bylaw and associated controls.
What we want your feedback on
We would like to know what you think about the proposed new Navigation Bylaw and associated controls.
Your feedback will help us improve how we protect public safety and prevent nuisance and damage on Auckland's navigable waters.
When you can have your say
You can have your say from 16 November 2020 to 14 February 2021.