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Navigation Safety Bylaw

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Bay of Plenty's harbours, lakes and rivers are used by thousands of people every day for a wide range of activities. To help ensure these activities can co-exist safely, rules are set under the Navigation Safety Bylaw to help manage them. This Bylaw is currently being reviewed and we want to know what you think about the new proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw. A copy of the existing Bylaw can be found here.  

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Why are we reviewing this Bylaw?

Regional Council is required to review this Bylaw every five years. The Review of the Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaw 2010 gives us the opportunity to take a closer look at what’s working well and what needs to be refined in the existing Bylaw.

What's the review process?

The review started in December 2015. As part of this process we engaged with iwi representatives, key stakeholders and interested members of the public. More than 300 people gave feedback as part of this early engagement process and these insights enabled the Regional Council to identify issues that were significant regionally and propose changes accordingly. The proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw is now ready for submissions. 

Who can make a submission? 

Anyone or any organisation can make a submission on any part of the proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw. A submission form can be completed online here, downloaded here or hard copies can be collected from our Rotorua, Whakatane, Tauranga or Mount Maunganui offices. You can also request a hard copy by phoning 0800 884 880. Submissions are open until 5pm on Thursday 7 July. 

If on your submission form you indicate you would like to be heard at a hearing, please note these are being held on Friday 22 July, Monday 25 July and Tuesday 26 July. Venues will be confirmed closer to the time depending on where the majority of people wishing to be heard reside.

So what's changed?

While the majority of the clauses from the existing Bylaw have been carried through, the key changes are detailed here and summarised in more detail below (see Summary of Changes to read this content in a single document). Please note this is not a full list of all changes (check out the Statement of Proposal for this). The changes that have been proposed largely reflect changing legislation, community expectations and respond to a significant increase in the number of boats on the water. 

Compulsory Wearing Of Lifejackets Icon Lifejackets must be worn at all times in vessels 6m or under unless the skipper advises otherwise
Aquatic Events Icon Definitions for passive recreation area and non-watersports area added
Harbour And Lakes Guides Icon Changes to reserved areas 
Passing large vessels icon  Navigating around large vessels
Registration Of Jet Skis Icon

Registration of personal water craft

Boating Bop Icon

Naming of vessels

What We Dont Do Icon

Astrolabe exclusion zone 

5 Knot Icon

Lake Rotorua jet boat operator