Maritime New Zealand

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Maritime New Zealand
Logo of Maritime New Zealand
Agency overview
Formed 1993 (1993)
Jurisdiction Government of New Zealand
Headquarters Level 10, Optimation House, 1 Grey Street, Wellington
41°17′05″S 174°46′36″E / 41.284860°S 174.776588°E / -41.284860; 174.776588
Employees 136[1]
Annual budget $25 million NZD (2010)[1]
Agency executive
  • Keith Manch, Director
Parent agency Ministry of Transport

Maritime New Zealand is a Crown entity and also a state maritime safety authority responsible for protecting the maritime environment within New Zealand and maintaining safety and security.

They define their vision as: "a maritime environment with minimum deaths, accidents, incidents and pollution as part of an integrated and sustainable transport system”.


A maritime authority called the Marine Board was originally established in 1862 and controlled by the Customs Department until near the end of the nineteenth century, when it was renamed the Marine Department.

In 1907 the Marine Department acquired the 805 ton Royal Navy gun boat HMS Sparrow. This was converted into a training ship and renamed NZS Amokura. Over the next 14 years 527 boys trained in Amokura, 25 of them going on to naval service and most of the others into the merchant marine.

In 1972 the Marine Department was absorbed into the Ministry of Transport. In 1993 a Crown entity was established and called the Maritime Safety Authority before being subsequently rebranded as Maritime New Zealand in July 2005.

Current structure[edit]

The current entity employs approximately 190 staff.[2] It is managed by a five-member board appointed by the Governor-General of New Zealand (on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport) and has its remit defined by the Maritime Transport Act 1994.[2] One of its key responsibilities is the operation and maintenance of the lighthouses around New Zealand's coastline.


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