Marine

More than 1200 unsafe lifejackets traded in

More than 1200 old lifejackets, some up to 50 years old, have been traded in for replacements under a Coastguard NZ safety initiative. "Old4New" campaign manager Aoife Healy says the nationwide programme had been running for five years and...... Read More

Toxic sea slug warning for beachgoers

A warning for dog owners to control their pets on the beach and parents to keep an eye on what their children touch on the beach. It’s that time of the year again when toxic sea slugs wash up onto the beach. Grey side-gilled sea slugs are deadly. There...... Read More

Two rescued after riding rapids on air mattress

Queenstown's Harbourmaster says people who need rescuing because of "their own stupidity'' should have to foot the bill. His comments followed the rescue of two men who got caught in rapids after heading out on the Kawarau River on...... Read More

Search for missing men in South Auckland resumes

Dive teams began their search under lights at the Hunua falls where a man was swept into the water. Police were also called to Pratts Road in Ramarama yesterday to search for a man who failed to surface at a waterhole just before 5pm on Sunday. The...... Read More

Kayakers rescued after drifting out to sea

Two kayakers who got into trouble in the Hauraki Gulf have been rescued They were unable to get the vessel back to shore and it drifted out to sea off Orere Point in the Firth of Thames. One of the kayakers called police - using a waterproofed mobile...... Read More

Coastguard NZ trades old lifejackets for new

More than 1200 unsafe old lifejackets - some up to half a century old - have been traded in for new ones under an innovative programme run by Coastguard New Zealand. The "Old4New" programme is giving boaties the chance to dispose of old lifejackets...... Read More

Mystery around potential world record trout catch

Fish and Game is trying to confirm reports of a giant trout - a potential world record - recently caught in the Mackenzie Country hydro canals. Eyewitnesses report seeing an angler land a 24.9kg (55 pound) brown trout in the Pukaki-Ohau A canal. If...... Read More

Old lifejackets can fail - replace them

Maritime NZ and Coastguard New Zealand are reminding boaties to replace and destroy their old lifejackets as they can fail when you need them most.  Maritime NZ Deputy Director, Sharyn Forsyth, says old lifejackets are dangerous and should be...... Read More

Submissions for and against amendments to fishing law

Hundreds of people have made submissions on legislation intended to give more protection to native freshwater fish. The Government said the Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill would allow the responsible minister to address threats such as damage...... Read More