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Navigation and Safety Rules

Navigation and Safety Rules

Updated 9 October 2018 4:18pm

Navigation and Safety Bylaws help us ensure safe usage of the harbours and waters across and around our region.

  • Here's a summary the parts of the bylaws most relevant to recreational boating.
  • Download a full copy of the bylaws.
  • These bylaws apply from the Otaki River Mouth, around to Cape Palliser and then up to the Mataikona River. 
  • They extend in the coastal waters up to three miles offshore. This includes both Wellington and Porirua Harbours and Lakes Wairarapa and Onoke. 

These bylaws are made under the requirements of the Local Government Act 1974, and came into effect on 1 July 2009. They do not cover the region's rivers.

If you'd like a printed copy of A5-sized bylaws and one of our boating safety packs please  call on (04)830 4160 or e-mail

Martime Rule 91

This is the National Navigation Safety Rule, issued by Maritime New Zealand. It covers all of New Zealand's waterways and provides a benchmark for our regional bylaws. Our regional Navigation and Safety Bylaws may impose additional provisions above those required by Part 91.

Reporting unsafe behaviour

We all need to look out for each other on the water. If you see anything or anyone acting silly call us on (04) 388 1911 or (04) 473 4547.