The purpose of the regional coastal plan is to promote the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the coastal marine area of the Kermadec and Subantarctic Islands.

The two key threats to these island groups are from biosecurity breaches and oil spills. However, the offshore islands are so remote and in such rough seas that a response to either type of event will be very challenging. Given the significant natural values, a precautionary approach focussing on prevention, is critical.

Sixteen submissions were received. Copies of the summary of submissions, the submissions themselves, and the officer's report are available below. The hearing was held 20 and 21 June 2011, adjourned to allow further discussion between the parties, and re-convened on 15 November 2011. The Commissioner’s decisions on all submissions was notified on 2 May 2012. See the Commissioner’s decisions and the Proposed Plan as amended by the decisions. 


Coastal permit application form (Word, 41K) and (PDF, 33K)

Application to change or cancel a consent (Word, 63K)

Appendix 4: Form 1 (DOCX, 24K)
To determine and record whether the inspection is a passed inspection or a failed inspection

Appendix 4: Form 2 (DOCX, 21K)
To record information at the time of inspection to assist vessel operatorsto comply with Performance Standards 1.2 and 1.3 (in particular)

Appendix 6: Form A (DOCX, 19K)
Vessel details and inspection summary 

Appendix 6: Form B (DOCX, 20K)
Overview of sampling and biofouling distribution

Appendix 6: Form C (DOCX, 22K)
Results of taxonomic identification of biofouling samples

Hull inspections

The plan requires vessels intending to go inside 1000 m from mean high water springs of the islands to have a clean hull.

Hull inspections can be undertaken in dry dock or in the water. The hull inspection forms in Appendix 4 must be completed during an inspection and sent to DOC prior to departure. A list of dive and dry dock service providers approved by the Minister of Conservation to undertake those inspections is provided below.

If there is not a dive service provider near the point of departure for a vessel, or for any other reason you wish to use one that is not on the list, you can request an alternative service provider be added to the list. To be approved the inspectors must comply with Appendix 5 of the plan.

Ensure sufficient time is allowed for any proposed providers to be checked/confirmed prior to requiring them to carry out an inspection.

Dive companies approved to carry out hull inspections (PDF, 200K)

DOC Director contact details

Director, Operations – Southern South Islands
PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840


Director, Operations – Northern North Island
PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140

Commissioner's decisions on submissions

Officer's reports


Summary of submissions (PDF, 2,358K)

All submissions (PDF, 7,166K)

Note: Includes large files which will take time to download. 

Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House Head Office
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143

Further information

Sarah Hucker
Senior Planner
Department of Conservation, Wellington
+64 4 471 0726

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