When running an event it is essential to put together an appropriate safety plan, whether it is a training session or a competitive event. The basic event safety template may be useful in putting this together. Setting up a standard template to suit your training environment is a good idea, as it only needs to be tweaked slightly for each use to suit the conditions and the numbers attending training.
The aim of local bylaws is to ensure the safety of waterway users and reduce the conflicts between different water-based activities (including lakes, rivers or harbours). Instant fines may be given for offences against a regional bylaw, and for more serious offences you may be prosecuted. Check with the area you are paddling in to determine the specific bylaws.
Bay of Plenty Region: www.boprc.govt.nz
Gisborne District: www.gdc.govt.nz
Hawke’s Bay: www.hbrc.govt.nz
Northland Region: www.nrc.govt.nz
Taranaki Region: www.trc.govt.nz
Waikato Region: www.waikatoregion.govt.nz
Wellington Region: www.gw.govt.nz
Environment Canterbury: www.ecan.govt.nz
Central Otago District: www.codc.govt.nz
Grey District Council: www.greydc.govt.nz
Marlborough Region: www.marlborough.govt.nz
Nelson City: www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz
Otago Regional Council: www.orc.govt.nz
Queenstown Lakes District: www.qldc.govt.nz
Southland Regional Council: www.es.govt.nz
Tasman District Council: www.tasman.govt.nz
West Coast Region: www.wcrc.govt.nz
The MarineMate smartphone app has local boating bylaws and information for most New Zealand regions.