Waka Te Tasman: Reservation and Speed Limit Uplift

Friday 10 November 2017

A reservation is in place for part of the coastal marine area between Kaiteriteri and Marahau for waka ama racing on 17 and 18 November.

Navigation Safety Bylaw:

Temporary Reservation and speed-limit uplifting for Waka racing in the Kaiteriteri/Marahau area

The Motueka Waka Ama club has applied to the Tasman District Council to run an event within the coastal marine areas of Kaiteriteri and Marahau. The planned races will have competing craft and support vessels passing through and occupying the Kaiteriteri swimming and water ski areas at the start and finish of each event. The racing course will be between Kaiteriteri Bay, Sandy Bay and Fishermans Island.

Pursuant to the provisions contained in the Navigation Safety Bylaw, the Tasman District Council’s Harbourmaster has granted a temporary reservation of the Kaiteriteri swimming and water-ski areas and a uplift of the 5 knot speed restriction for those involved in the annual ‘Waka Te Tasman’ event, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday 17 November and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 18 November 2017, (backup day of 19 November, 8:00am- 5:00pm).

The effect of the temporary reservation will be to prevent other activities including water skiing and swimming from occurring within that area within the time specified. Event marshals have the authority to require other users to vacate these areas as required, but may allow limited use when racers are well offshore. An uplift of the 5 knot speed restrictions has also been granted to Waka Ama and support vessels directly involved in the event between Anawera Point and Guilbert Point, including Fisherman Island but excluding Otuwhero Inlet and Little Kaiteriteri.

A number of conditions have been imposed on the organisers of the event, and these conditions may be viewed by contacting the Motueka Waka Ama Club, or Tasman District Council’s Harbourmaster on 03 543 8400 during office hours.