An amendment was made recently to the Yachting New Zealand safety regulations (2017-2020) around the use of flares.
Amendment 20 November 2018
Under (a) add for all categories;
or, additional to those in the life raft, a LED or laser flare, which has been approved by the current International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), United States Coastguard or Maritime New Zealand.
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