Yachting New Zealand provide a strong and informed collective voice to protect the freedoms and interests of all members.
Yachting New Zealand commit substantial effort and resources to lobby central and local government in respect to environmental and legal issues directly affecting New Zealand’s recreational boat owners and operators. We have a nationwide viewpoint; when we submit we submit with a voice of just over 31,000 people from 109 clubs, 50 class associations and 40 maritime organisations. This carries far more weight than an individual submission.
Yachting New Zealand are often recognised as the spokesgroup for boaties, not just sailors. We lobby to ensure continued freedom of navigation in the coastal marine area and unimpeded access to sheltered bays for both enjoyment and safety.
Yachting New Zealand have, on many occasions, ensured regulatory bodies, government agencies and local councils are made aware of the views of boaties and the impact of potential regulations and bylaws on our ability to use the marine environment for club racing and recreational cruising on launches and on yachts.
While some issues do not affect every boatie today, a large number of people might one day own or cruise on friends' keelboats and launches and will wish to do so in an environment that is as reasonably unrestricted as possible. Once an act or bylaw impacting on boat owners is passed, it is far more difficult and costly to amend in future.
Yachting New Zealand also advocate for projects that will add value and enhance yachting and boating and the coastal environment we enjoy.
What can clubs do?
Clubs should nominate a person(s) to keep up to date with matters that may pose a risk to local club activities.
Talk to local councils. Clubs should be on the list of “interested parties” so they will be notified when anyone submits an application for resource consent that is of concern to them. Also, by talking to the council, it puts the club in a better position for consultation with councils on projects.
Make use of internet-based resources, below are some useful links:
- Ministry of Primary Industries
- Sign up to be on the UAE test email – this is a notification service. When any application for a marine farm is submitted, it has to pass a UAE test (Undue Adverse Effects test – fishing related), which means you will receive an email on any new application and can check if it is in your area.
- NZ Government on Aquaculture
Make sure your club and members make submissions on issues they wish to be heard on. If you do not make a submission, you cannot get involved in proceedings later on, or appeal any decisions.