BOP boating rules open for feedback

Bay of Plenty Harbourmaster Jon Jon Peters. Supplied image.

People who love being out on the water are being urged to have their say about proposed changes to the boating rules for Bay of Plenty.

The Draft Regional Navigation Safety Bylaws 2024 were adopted by Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council at its Thursday, December 14, council meeting, and are now open for feedback. 

The rules play a crucial role in reducing the risk of fatalities, injuries, accidents, and collisions on Bay of Plenty waters, says harbourmaster, Jon Jon Peters.

“Bay of Plenty is renowned for its breathtaking harbours, lakes, and rivers.

"Many of these popular waterways are shared by boats, swimmers and other recreational users, so it’s critical we have effective rules in place to help ensure we share these spaces safely.” 

The Navigation Safety Bylaws are reviewed every five years by the Regional Council to make sure they are fit for purpose and are working for the community.

“For the most part, the existing rules work well,” says Jon Jon.

“However, in light of legislative changes, new data and technologies, and valuable feedback from the public, we are proposing some adjustments that reflect this changing landscape.”

To learn more about the proposed changes or to provide feedback visit

Submissions are open until 5pm Thursday, February 29.

The top five proposed changes to the Navigation Safety Bylaws are:

  • changes to the Hunters Creek/Otapu waterski lane near Matakana Island
  • changes to the speed uplifting on the Kaituna River
  • changes to the speed uplifting on the Tarawera River
  • changes to the Jetski ban on Ōhiwa Harbour
  • proposed dedicated swim lane at Pilot Bay.

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