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Proposed new Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Auckland Council Navigation Bylaw 2021 and associated controls
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Tēnā koe

We would like to update you on the proposed new Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Ture ā-Rohe Urungi Āhuru / Auckland Council Navigation Bylaw 2021 and associated controls.

You may recall we notified you in November last year of a proposal to make a new Bylaw and controls that had opened for public feedback.

On 24 June 2021, council decided to adopt the proposal with amendments in response to feedback from 242 people and organisations, and the views of all local boards and the Director of Maritime New Zealand.

The new Bylaw and controls will commence on 31 July 2021 and will:

  • continue to regulate the use of Auckland’s navigable waters (for example by regulating recreational vessels, water skiing, swimmers, divers, ferries and cargo vessels) to help ensure maritime safety and minimise the risk of accidents, nuisance and damage
  • retain the current 12 knot speed limit within the Waitematā Harbour Restricted Speed Zone and ability to approve higher speeds for fast passenger ferries
  • add information about existing rules in other legislation that protect marine life, marine reserves and birdlife
  • make a new control to prohibit anchoring at the entrance to the Tāmaki River
  • make a new control to restrict access to the Commercial Port Area
  • require at least two independent forms of communication on a vessel (examples provided) and a VHF radio on vessels operating in the vicinity of a harbour entrance bar
  • align rules about the use of Ōrākei Basin with current accepted practices
  • allow the use of a mooring by other vessels and the transfer of a mooring licence as a condition of the licence
  • technical and editorial amendments in response to feedback from the Director of Maritime New Zealand and to correct drafting errors
  • clarifying the Bylaw wording to make it easier to read, understand and comply with.
  • continue to require all passengers on a vessel six metres and less in length to wear a personal floatation device (current exemptions also continue to apply).

What happens now?

On 31 July 2021, the new Bylaw and controls will replace the current Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014 and associated controls. On 14 August 2021 (subject to parliamentary deadlines), new infringement fines will commence.

All existing licences (for example a mooring licence) and exemptions will continue to apply until their expiration date or are reviewed.

For more information:

  • on the decision to make a new bylaw and controls, read the Auckland Council Governing Body agenda and minutes for its meeting on 24 June 2021, Item 11
  • on the statutory bylaw review and proposal to make a new Bylaw and controls as publicly notified on 16 November 2020, visit the ‘Have Your Say’ page
  • on the new Navigation Bylaw 2021 and controls, visit the council’s bylaw page.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 09 301 0101.

Nāku noa, nā
Auckland Council

 

 
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https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/plans-projects-policies-reports-bylaws/bylaws/Documents/navsafetybylawcontrols2014.pdf

15 Vessels to be seaworthy (1) The person in charge of a vessel anchored or moored in any navigable waters must keep the vessel in a seaworthy condition at all times, unless the Harbourmaster has given prior written approval for it to be anchored or moored in a condition which is not seaworthy.

Anybody knows why this rule is NOT being enforced??I will take a guess,to get rid of the old shitters would cost rate payers $$ and who is qualified to say a vessel is seaworthy or not??Auckland council/Harbour master??

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Good news that they are not increasing the 12 knot speed limit to 18 knots, as was proposed. Seems like they have listened to my feedback!

 

 

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13 minutes ago, ex Elly said:

Good news that they are not increasing the 12 knot speed limit to 18 knots, as was proposed. Seems like they have listened to my feedback!

 

 

Yes I made that point vehemently too.

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4 hours ago, ex Elly said:

Good news that they are not increasing the 12 knot speed limit to 18 knots, as was proposed. Seems like they have listened to my feedback!

 

 

I'd rather have the limit increased to 18 knots....  12 knots is the absolute worst possible speed to choose as most launch's aren't quite planing so at at maximum possible wake creation speed. Either slower or faster is better!

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10 hours ago, Cameron said:

I'd rather have the limit increased to 18 knots....  12 knots is the absolute worst possible speed to choose as most launch's aren't quite planing so at at maximum possible wake creation speed. Either slower or faster is better!

Not sure about that. Might have been true in the old days of smaller launches (when 40ft was big) but with today’s growing beasts commonly now in the 45-55ft range their wake is still appalling at 18kts.

And there’s no way they were ever going to reduce the speed limit. So that’s why I avoided saying what you said (that 12kts is worst case scenario) in case it made them increase it.

12kts boats & wakes are annoying and sometimes dangerous. 18kts faster boats and bigger wakes would be even worse.

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11 hours ago, Cameron said:

I'd rather have the limit increased to 18 knots....  12 knots is the absolute worst possible speed to choose as most launch's aren't quite planing so at at maximum possible wake creation speed. Either slower or faster is better!

an intellegent and thoughtful launch skipper* would make the considered decision to travel slower then, since 12kt and not quite planing would be the worst part of the performance envelope for the craft.  

Just like on the road, its a limit, not a target.

*granted, a rare commodity

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  • allow the use of a mooring by other vessels and the transfer of a mooring licence as a condition of the licence.

 Is , “ authorised by owner” omitted here? Or is this  going to be taken as its ok, by  rank n file?

Or is this just to make official what is already happening.

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On 15/07/2021 at 3:46 PM, harrytom said:

Anybody knows why this rule is NOT being enforced??I will take a guess,to get rid of the old shitters would cost rate payers $$ and who is qualified to say a vessel is seaworthy or not??Auckland council/Harbour master??

It shouldnt cost ratepayers anything.  Dont you recall a couple of years back every mooring owners annual fee being increased by $50?  That was to cover the cost of removing all those old shitters.  Have any been removed? 

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59 minutes ago, SanFran said:

It shouldnt cost ratepayers anything.  Dont you recall a couple of years back every mooring owners annual fee being increased by $50?  That was to cover the cost of removing all those old shitters.  Have any been removed? 

3 or 4 have been listed on T/M for tender,no idea if sold but really local tip would be a better option.No doubt new owner's just leave rot more.Most are past use by date.

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