012/18

Status
Open
Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
MNZ
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Maritime New Zealand receives some information via its general enquiries contact point and also via its maritime officers’ engagement with the community. However, there would be some added benefit if there were a similar process to that operated by the Civil Aviation Authority for people to report safety and security concerns.

On 23 May 2018 the Commission recommended that the Director of Maritime New Zealand develop, implement and advertise a process where members of the public and the maritime community can submit reports on maritime-safety-related concerns.
Reply Text
Maritime NZ already has a system in place to receive, record and act upon reports relating to maritime-safety-related concerns from various public sources. We also receive some information via our maritime officers’ engagement with the community. Information so received, and its sources, are protected as far as possible, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Official Information Act. As previously noted, without the appropriate legal provisions Maritime NZ’s ability to operate a confidential reporting process similar to that operated by the Civil Aviation Authority is constrained.

However, Maritime NZ is committed to continuing to implement and advertise its existing process where members of the public and the maritime community can submit reports on maritime-safety-related concerns. We will actively promote the availability of this reporting process and look for opportunities to improve it where possible.
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