Meet the team
The Regional Harbourmaster is the person appointed by council to oversee the overall management of maritime related activities across the whole Canterbury region. To enable the Regional Harbourmaster to effectively manage navigation of vessels they are supported by a team undertaking the individual roles outlined below. They are empowered to make decisions and issue directions relating to maritime safety. These powers and responsibilities are set out in the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
The Regional Harbourmaster for Environment Canterbury is Captain Jim Dilley. Jim has a background in the British and New Zealand Merchant Navies and is a keen recreational boatie, owning a sailing yacht, dinghy, kayaks and RIB for diving.
The Harbourmaster is the person appointed by council to undertake the management of maritime related activities. To enable the Harbourmaster to effectively manage navigation of vessels they are empowered to make certain decisions and issue directions requiring vessels or persons undertake certain actions. These powers and responsibilities are set out in the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
The Harbourmaster for Environment Canterbury is Captain Ian Fox. Ian has a background in the New Zealand Merchant Navy and is a keen whitewater kayaker and rafter, owning several different boats.
The Deputy Harbourmaster undertakes the day-to-day function of the Harbourmaster for commercial shipping activities, also ensuring ships comply with legislation and operating procedures. The deputy is appointed with the powers of the Harbourmaster and will undertake that role during periods of leave.
The Deputy Harbourmaster for Environment Canterbury is Guy Harris. Guy is a qualified mechanical engineer and experienced sailor. His background includes time as a ship’s engineer, crewing racing yachts and managing compliance management systems. In his spare time, he can usually be found racing sail boats in and around Lyttelton Harbour or surfing on the Canterbury coast.
Navigation Safety Officer
The Navigation Safety Officer undertakes the day-to-day functions related to recreational vessels. This includes ensuring signage, bylaw compliance, safety awareness campaigns and liaison with user groups across the region is maintained. This role is important all year round, but particularly during the busy summer boating period.
The Navigation Safety Officer is Gary Manch. Gary has a strong interest in building community relationships and ensuring our waterways are safe for all users.
Gary is a recreational boatie, having spent time in New Zealand and the Solomon Islands on various boats, jet skis, and 14 foot Hobicraft. His other interests are fishing, motorcycling and caravanning.
Gordon has a background with the British Merchant Navy, Australian Navigation Aids and NZ Coastguard as an instructor.
Other interests include fishing, flying, boating and adventures with the kids.
The Moorings Officer manages the placement, use and safety of swing moorings throughout the region. This role balances the needs of all the community in the allocation and use of mooring space. The role also assists in the recreational boating activities.
The Moorings Officer for Environment Canterbury is Emma Kinnings. Emma has worked in coastal resource management and holds a Coastguard Boatmaster certificate. Emma is out on the water at some point on most days.
Maritime Monitoring Officer
The Maritime Monitoring Officer is the bridge between the Harbourmasters office and the Resource Management Act. The role looks at both Navigation Safety and the Environmental risks in the coastal area and abroad. This could include marine farms, wastewater discharges and everything in between.
The Maritime Monitoring Officer is Emily. Emily grew up near the Catlins, a beautiful coastline but safest looking at it rather than being in it. It did however nurture a passion for all coastal animals and a want to look after them and protect them.