08 December 2016

No, Regional Council is not talking about trading in your dearly beloved. They are talking about lifejackets and, alongside Coastguard’s Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade team, they will be at Sulphur Point boat Ramp this Sunday from 8am - 11am to do exactly that.

Regional Council will have Safer Boating staff on site to demonstrate how to service lifejackets and Coastguard will be encouraging boaties and members of the public to trade in their old lifejackets for discounts on new ones as part of a nation-wide campaign.

Safer Boating Officer Tony Pearce says the importance of wearing lifejackets has once again been highlighted these past few weeks.  

“Skippers must carry a correctly sized and fit for purpose lifejacket for each person on board. With sheds across the country littered with old lifejackets that no longer work, and inflatables people have no idea to operate, this is a great opportunity to upgrade your safety kit at a reasonable price and learn some tips at the same time. We will also have free safer boating resources and waterproof cell phone bags to give away too.”

“It’s great to see Coastguard taking practical steps to address issues around lifejackets no longer being fit for purpose and hats off to Maritime New Zealand for funding this great initiative”, says Mr Pearce.

 Additional Information:

  • Safer Boating staff and Coastguard will be at Sulphur Point Boat Ramp this Sunday 11 December between 8am - 11am.
  • Coastguard will also be at Whakatane Boat Ramp between 1pm – 4pm.
  • People can visit the Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade van and trade in their old, damaged or worn lifejacket for a significant discount on a brand new, modern Hutchwilco lifejacket. There are five lifejacket styles to choose from (including one for kids). 


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