Kia ora <<First Name>>

Update from Jim Dilley - Harbourmaster - Manager, Coastal Team

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky… 

Indeed, after over 10 years managing Environment Canterbury Harbourmaster’s Office, and more recently the Coastal Team, I am looking to head back to sea and further adventures with my partner on our yacht. While I am looking to enjoy the rhythm of life at sea and far-flung shores others will be stepping into my seaboots (after a suitable wash) to guide the next few years. 

Guy Harris will be taking the role of Harbourmaster and manager. Guy is ably suited to the management role with an extensive background in establishing new systems, process and building enterprises from scratch. Alongside Guy are Emma Parr and Ian Fox.  Ian brings the technical knowledge of large shipping navigation and is also responsible for helping attain consistency of legislation and process at a national level. Emma is a highly skilled incident response specialist and has already managed several significant events for Environment Canterbury both at sea and on land. With no further ado I shall hand you to Guy Harris and wish you all fair winds and following seas…  


Tēnā koutou from Guy Harris
Before I go any further, I would like to use this opportunity to thank Jim Dilley for over 10 years of tireless work for ECan, the boating and coastal community and our environment. Canterbury has been fortunate to have Jim at the helm. Much of his work has been truly progressive and it has been a privilege working with him. These are indeed large shoes to fill and I feel honoured to take on this role.

I have spent the last five years working as Deputy Harbourmaster in the HMO and previously spent 10 years managing various teams and projects in the Management Systems field. My background also includes Ship’s Engineer, crewing and lots of sailing.

As the Manager my aim is helping the team maintain and even improve on the high standard of work that this talented group has developed over a number of years. Their work covers a broad range of issues in the rivers, lakes and on coast, but at the same time are able to dive deep into detail on specific issues. I am constantly humbled by their level of knowledge and experience. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge of managing such a great team in an amazing and remarkable region and I looking forward to meeting more of you over the course of my new role.  
Ngā mihi,

Update from Guy Harris - Harbourmaster
Canterbury's recreational water - fun for everyone.

With the air and water temperatures now warming up quickly, I thought it was good time to remind everyone that the region’s waters are multi-use environments, and some users are more exposed than others.
The waters of Canterbury cater for a blend of different water users, from families splashing in the white water at New Brighton beach to jet boats in the braided rivers, and from swimmers in the many lakes to jet skis just about everywhere. It’s a complex water safety scenario. None of which, as long as it’s lawful, have any more right than the other to be using the water, but some are definitely more vulnerable. 
Consider the hardy open water swimmers, they are exposed to being hit by just about every type of watercraft you can think of, and not just in at the beach or harbours, but in the lakes and rivers too. Open water swimming now takes place in practically all of the region’s waters. So please, boat skippers and jet skiers keep a sharp eye out for them and swimmers please try to be as visible as possible.

So have a fun summer in the water, but please look out for each other, take all possible precautions to make sure your water activity is safe for all the other water users and respect each other’s right to be there. For details for what recreational boating can be done where, under what conditions, see the region’s Navigation Safety Bylaw.
Update from Gordon Mackay - Deputy Harbourmaster (Operations)

As part of the Harbourmaster's Office - Coastal Team an important part of my role is education. I have now been appointed as a member of the National Leadership Group for Recreational Boating and hope to play a key role in making positive changes to the national views and rules around recreational boating.

As an on-the-water enthusiast myself, I want to encourage as many people as possible to get out on our waterways and enjoy themselves safely.  

Safety on the water 
Visit our recreational boating page for some guidelines for all to enjoy their respective aquatic activities safely.

Another major effort I have been facilitating and growing is the joint agency work between ECan, DOC, CCC, and MNZ. With this in mind, I helped set up a joint agency training day at the DOC facility in Akaroa covering vessel operations, communications, specific functions and roles, and emergency procedures.
Gordon testing flares at training day
When might really is right!

In our previous update we highlighted the “rules of the road” that clearly set out who gives way to who out on the water. A commonly known phrase, “steam gives way to sail”, means that as a general rule, power-driven vessels must give way to vessels under sail. However, there are some exceptions to this – particularly within harbours. 

One exception is vessels that can only navigate within a narrow channel, such as the entry channel of Lyttelton port, have right of way over vessels that can safely operate outside the channel. That big container ship heading in or out of the channel really does have right of way over your yacht! 

Date for the diary
On 24 November 2022 at Naval Point Sail Club at 18:30, the Pilots at Lyttelton will be giving a presentation to recreational boaties about the importance of keeping clear of large vessels.


John and Josh maintaining navigational aides
Update from John Kent - Navigation Safety Officer
With the summer boating season now officially on, I have been busy ensuring that all navigation signs, posts, and buoys are ship-shape (see what I did there…) and ready. These navigation aides are key elements to providing a safe on-the-water experience and key information to all recreational boaters. If there are people on the water, chances are I will be out with them conducting safety checks, handing out some free safety and educational items, or just having a chat.  Please stop and say hello if you see me out there.
Update from Raelyn Eades - Maritime Authorisation Officer

A reminder that all information relating to moorings can be found on our website. Important to note that if you are looking at leasing your mooring, which we have noticed an increase of it is very important that Environment Canterbury are advised, as, should a vessel break away we need the correct details to contact the owner directly.

Also, if a vessel becomes derelict or a wreck/abandoned, the costs involved to remove or dispose of the vessel can be directed to the vessel owner leasing the mooring rather than the mooring owner.
An online form which is located on our website – HAR004 form is the correct form that the person who is leasing your mooring needs to complete.

It is important is to keep your own contact details up to date, so we are able to contact you in the event of an incident. Please email me at, use your mooring number as the subject line, to either check what details we have on file or to confirm your current contacts.

Worst case scenario, if we are unable to contact you, there is potential that a Harbourmasters Authorisation may be cancelled and right to keep your mooring equipment in its current location.
Leaving a mooring vacant for more than 180 days
I have noticed a number of moorings that are only being used for a short period and many being vacant for more than the 180 days. As per the Navigation Safety Bylaw you need to seek approval from the Harbourmaster to be able to leave the mooring vacant.   

Update from Tina Jackson - Deputy Harbourmaster (Systems and Services)  
New to the HMO – CT, I feel excited and privileged to be part of such a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and proactive team. With Guy now moving up to the position of Harbourmaster, I will now be taking on the Systems and Services role, with the focus on our ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and demonstrate our ability to consistently provide services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

I have spent the last 25 years at sea, in various roles and on various ships, from traditional square rig ships, fast racing sail yachts to ultra-modern superyachts, the last 15 as captain on superyachts, travelling worldwide, and have now moved permanently ashore and have been fortunate to find position with Environment Canterbury where I can utilize my seagoing experience, but also my knowledge of Safety Management Systems.

I enjoy recreational sailing, paddle boarding and hiking and although relatively new to the region, I am starting to explore the area more. I am looking forward to meeting many of Canterbury’s commercial and recreational water users in the coming months and learning more about their requirements and the region as a whole.

Tina at Christchurch Adventure Park

Update from Emma Parr - Coastal Response and Readiness Lead
Recently, members of the Canterbury Marine Oil Spill Response team undertook a two day Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) training course, delivered by LANDSAR (Land, Search and Rescue.) 
The purpose of CIMS is to enable personnel to respond effectively across functions and organisations, by establishing common structures, functions, and terminology. It is a modular and scalable framework used by many agencies to plan and respond to events. 

The Marine Oil Spill Response team utilises various people from across the organisation, so this knowledge adds value to our organisation’s broad response capabilities, internally and across responding agencies.

CIMS training course
Update from Josh McDonald-Davis - Maritime Environment Officer

I have been in the Maritime Environment Officer role for the past year now and have got to know the main stakeholders in and around the Lyttelton Port area, and the wider Banks Peninsula. It’s been a busy time monitoring the high priority resource consents and advocating for better environmental outcomes throughout the coastal marine area.  

My aim is to improve the surrounding coastal environment through reducing the discharges to the coastal marine area and providing advice to the coastal users. If you have any questions around coastal planning rules, permitted activities, consented activities, marine biosecurity in the Banks Peninsula area or the wider Canterbury Coast, please get in touch. 

If you happen to observe any environmental incidents in the coastal marine area please call Environment Canterbury Pollution Hotline 0800 765 588 (24 hours) to report it, or use the  
Snap Send Solve app to report issues from your mobile phone.