The Wellington Regional Navigation and Safety Bylaws are to ensure safe use of the harbours and waters of the region. They apply throughout the waters of the region from the Otaki River Mouth, around to Cape Palliser and then up to the Mataikona River and extend to the coastal waters up to three miles offshore. This includes both Wellington and Porirua Harbours and Lakes Wairarapa and Onoke, but does not cover the region's rivers.
These bylaws came into effect on 23 December 2003. They were last reviewed in 2008, and incorporate amendments which came into effect on 1 July 2009.
The Parks, Forests and Reserves Bylaws, which apply to forest, parks and recreation areas, provide for the safe use of the recreational parks and forests in the Wellington region. They facilitate Greater Wellington Regional Council’s administration and control of these areas, and Greater Wellington Regional Council’s parks management plans and policies.
These bylaws are made under the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002, and came into effect on 1 May 2009.