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Regional Council welcome their newest member of the team

Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council officially welcomed the newest member of their fleet today. Kura, the name of their new boat, was blessed this morning by Anaha Hiini at a special ceremony held at the Rotorua Yacht club boat ramp on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

Bay of Plenty Senior Maritime Officer Ross Powell said that the name of the new boat translates to “education and learning”.

“It relates well to our focus on education around safety on the water. This new vessel will reduce our running costs dramatically and is one of the safest on the market. It’s light to tow on the road and in stable weather conditions it can be easily handled by a solo skipper,” said Mr Powell.

Mr Powell also said that it can carry up to four divers as well as their equipment and will be useful in emergency situations as it has the capacity to tow other boats.

Kura will be based in Rotorua but will serve the wider Bay of Plenty region as required.

“You’ll see her out and about this summer helping the maritime team keep people safe on the water,” Mr Powell said.

Regional Council’s Long Term Plan commits the maritime team to ensuring 24/7 navigation safety and maritime oil spill response is provided in the Bay of Plenty region. Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s goal is to ensure that all harbour, lake and river users operate safely and in harmony with one another and the environment, to ensure the region’s waters are available for all to enjoy. 

Boat Blessing