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Meeting stresses summer sea safety

Maritime NZ has held a safety information meeting in Kaikoura in the lead up to the busy festive boating season.

Maritime Officer at Maritime NZ, Steve Hainstock said the session was prompted by a local commercial fisherman who said it would be useful for boaties and crew to see a life raft up close and handle flares in real life.

“It was timely with the busy summer season coming up,” sMr Hainstock said.

“The evening was for Kaikoura recreational boaties as much as the commercial sector – everyone got something from the night.”

He said he spoke about Maritime NZ rule requirements while Harbourmaster, Gary Manch explained local bylaws.

Murray Green, from Kaikoura Marine, took the audience through small craft maintenance. Staff from the Ministry of Primary Industries were also in attendance.

Mr Hainstock said it was a chance to get “burning questions answered and to hear safety advice from the horse’s mouth”.

The night ended with an interactive demonstration of flares, life rafts and inflatable lifejackets where the audience were invited to get hands-on.

Previous information evenings have been held in Haast, Invercargill, Stewart Island and other locations.

He said that among the key bylaws discussed was the need for lifejackets to be worn at all times on craft six metres or less in length except when the craft was tied up or at anchor, and that all boats in Canterbury — including jet skis — needed an identifying number or name on each side of the hull.