Author(s): Tim Ridge
The handbook provides "ship-board" hard copy of the radio, weather and other material not in the New Zealand Nautical Alamanac, and there is a great deal more: The radio section includes the full distress and emergency procedures and international signals; The Maritime Safety Authority section contains much important, current information; eg. accident reporting procedure in detail and official forms; information for becoming a commercial operator, preparing a vessel to go overseas; and national registry; A general navigation section includes coastal distances, variation diagrams, and reviews of all the current New Zealand cruising and coastal resource guides in print; The Department of Conservation section contains details of the New Zealand coastal reserves; The Land Information section contains details for obtaining the tide tables from the web; and also the latest, full version of the chart catalogue, NZ202, not elsewhere in print; A section for NIWA includes a catalogue of their coastal and lake series bathymetric charts; and details of using their web-based tide programme for obtaining tides anywhere along the coast of New Zealand; A Water Safety New Zealand section lists their many recreational member organisations - kayaking, swimming, surfing, life-saving and more; A commercial and recreational education section has details of workboat and leisure education programmes and certification; A Yachting New Zealand section has details of handicapping, a directory of yacht inspectors, and the YNZ register; application forms are included. The front and rear covers are used to provide the New Zealand system of buoys and beacons, and a selection of chart symbols in full colour. The Pacific Ocean national flags and a selection for Pacific rim countries in full colour, with their dimensions, are on the back cover.
Urgency index; Introduction; Radio information and emergency contacts; Met service New Zealand limited; Maritime New Zealand; General navigation; Department of Conservation; Land Information New Zealand; National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research; Water Safety New Zealand; Commercial Education and Certification and Coastguard Boating Education; Yachting New Zealand