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NZMTA Newsletter
May 2018

Exciting update on NZ Marine Transport Association 2018 Conference 17–19 September 

We are very pleased to announce that Maritime NZ will be holding their World Maritime Day celebrations during the NZMTA Annual Conference (17–19 September in Auckland) this year.  
The World Maritime Day  event will take place on the evening of Tuesday 18 September, from 6–8pm, at the conference venue Novotel Ellerslie, followed by the conference dinner for those who wish to attend. 
The World Maritime Day Function is normally attended by officials and members of the Maritime NZ Board. All conference delegates are invited to attend, compliments of Maritime NZ with our thanks.
The conference again will have some excellent presenters – those confirmed will be focusing on the following topics: 
  • Tourism – future plans for the maritime sector
  • Maritime Rule changes and the impact on your survey
  • Maritime Fees and Levies 2018/19 – a look at what new fees might impact on your business
  • Qualifications and seafarer/surveyor skill shortages
  • Industry Update – 'State of the Nation'
  • Insurance and legal issues affecting our industry with Health & Safety, and the Maritime Transport Act
  • Workshop – over 24m/under 500GT endorsement seminar to be run separately for Masters (tba)
  • Health and Safety – MNZ update
Download Conference Registration form and details HERE – please get in early to secure your seat and accommodation preferences.

Maritime NZ and NZMTA engagement ... your issues addressed

Last month, the Association President Andrew Somers and I met with Maritime NZ's Keith Manch, Sharyn Forsyth and Stephanie Winson to discuss issues that had been raised by members.
You can download a summary of those discussions and outcomes HERE
If you would like more information on these topics or any other issues, please call on
09 577 4222 or send an email to
Topics for discussion included:
  • Registration of Ships
  • Crewing and recognition of foreign certificates in NZ (also refer to
  • MOSS for smaller operators – impact of costs and compliance and a request to review this
  • Surveying Issues – Rule reviews, policy decisions that impact on future surveys for operators and surveyor skill shortages.
  • Technical advice – consistency and application by MNZ and different surveyors
  • Liquor Licencing
  • NZMTA Conference – workshops
  • Funding Review 2018/19
  • America’s Cup Guidelines for domestic charter and foreign vessels 

MTOPs need to be reviewed and updated!

If your Maritime Transport Operator Plan (MTOP) is more than two years old, it may need updating.  Check with us at the MTA or review your MTOP before your next MNZ audit to ensure you have the latest material.  Remember that a good audit (i.e. a low number of findings or corrective actions) will mean a longer period between audits which means less $$$ spent.  

Vessel Files – have you got what you need?

This has been a hot topic over the past few months and we would like to encourage you to check that you have the vessel information that you need for future surveys.  This information belongs to you but these records are not being kept in a national archive – if you want to retrieve your plans, approvals or stability data, please get in touch with  
You are welcome to check what is on your file and there is a fee for the retrieval of any information.  Your surveyor and/or Maritime NZ may only hold a very limited amount of information on your vessel – it pays to check what they hold for any future reference.

Maritime NZ Funding Review – important information about fees and levies that affect you!

The following update has been sent to us by Maritime NZ to share with our members.  We have requested participation in the future industry reference group to ensure the domestic commercial sector has a voice in any decisions made and will keep members engaged directly as we hear more. 

Maritime New Zealand 2018/19 Review of Levies and Fees
Maritime NZ regularly review our funding by undertaking a full review of levies, fees, and Crown funding every six years, with mid-point reviews in accordance with the Office of the Auditor General and Treasury guidelines.
The last full funding review of Maritime NZ was undertaken in 2012 with a mid-point review in 2015. The next full funding review will take place during 2018/19, with any changes to regulations expected to come into effect from 1 July 2019.
The purpose of the funding review is to assess whether Maritime NZ is funded for the range of functions and activities it is required to carry out under current and future legislation over the six years, from 1 July 2019.
Maritime NZ’s revenue comes from a variety of fees, levies (Maritime Levy, Fuel Excise Duty, Health and Safety at Work Levy and Oil Pollution Levy) and Crown funding.  This is used to fund all activities Maritime NZ is required by law to undertake, including to support the regulatory, compliance and response system.
The funding review will also address various recommendations from the Regulations Review Committee, which included that:
  • decisions  relating to levies and fees are transparent for all parties, including industry
  • the base hourly rates and the Maritime Levy allocation methodology are reviewed.
Maritime NZ is currently gathering data and preparing information to discuss with interested parties. An industry reference group is being established to assist in informing Maritime NZ’s views.  Following that, a formal public consultation document will be prepared.  It is anticipated that the consultation document will be released by September 2018. Final decisions will depend on the results of consulting with the public.  Any changes to fees and levies regulations require approval from Cabinet. Any change to Crown funding requires approval through the Government’s Budget 2019 bid process.
Become a member today or send this newsletter on to anyone you think might benefit from joining us – contact or download our membership form on
Time to join 
Thank you again for you continued support –  if you have not yet received an invoice and would like to join our Association, please get in touch with Margaret
We would love to have you on board.
Safe sailing…
Margaret Wind
Executive Officer

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The NZ Marine Transport Association (Inc) was formed in 1970 to represent the owners of restricted limits shipping. Large and small operators make up the membership and are active in passenger transport, charters, aquaculture, bare boat charter, work boat and fishing.
Phone: +64 9 577 4222  or 0274 818 360
Fax: +64 9 576 4222

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