What name floats your boat?

Consultation has concluded


Otago Regional Council is planning for the arrival of our new boat so our Harbourmaster can better oversee navigational safety on Otago waters. As is tradition, we need to name our boat before officially launching into our waters.

We want your help. Let us know what name floats your boat and in partnership with local iwi, we will choose the one that floats ours!


How to enter:

  • Fill out the form in the ‘Boat name suggestions’ tab below.
  • You can also call our Customer Service team with a suggestion on 0800 474 082.
  • Suggestions will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday 10 April.
  • Multiple entries are allowed however, please submit each entry separately.
  • Entries must not contain profanity or other offensive language.
  • The name of our new boat will be announced on Monday 29 April.


Our Harbourmaster

In 2017 ORC appointed a full-time professional Harbourmaster who works to ensure our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy. ORC is responsible for the regulation of ports, harbours, waters, and maritime-related activities in the Otago region under the Maritime Transport Act (1994).

Recently we consulted on the Otago Navigation Safety Bylaw Draft 2018 which covers maritime safety in all inland waters and all coastal waters out to the 12-nautical limit of the territorial sea of Otago, apart from the waters of the Queenstown Lakes District and Lake Dunstan. Responsibility for these waters has previously been transferred by ORC to Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and Central Otago District Council (CODC).

Hearings have been held and we are nearing the final stages before the bylaw is made operative. For more information on the bylaw consultation click here. The Harbourmaster's boat is the next step in being able to effectively regulate and monitor our waterways to ensure they are safe for all to enjoy.


Otago Regional Council is planning for the arrival of our new boat so our Harbourmaster can better oversee navigational safety on Otago waters. As is tradition, we need to name our boat before officially launching into our waters.

We want your help. Let us know what name floats your boat and in partnership with local iwi, we will choose the one that floats ours!


How to enter:

  • Fill out the form in the ‘Boat name suggestions’ tab below.
  • You can also call our Customer Service team with a suggestion on 0800 474 082.
  • Suggestions will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday 10 April.
  • Multiple entries are allowed however, please submit each entry separately.
  • Entries must not contain profanity or other offensive language.
  • The name of our new boat will be announced on Monday 29 April.


Our Harbourmaster

In 2017 ORC appointed a full-time professional Harbourmaster who works to ensure our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy. ORC is responsible for the regulation of ports, harbours, waters, and maritime-related activities in the Otago region under the Maritime Transport Act (1994).

Recently we consulted on the Otago Navigation Safety Bylaw Draft 2018 which covers maritime safety in all inland waters and all coastal waters out to the 12-nautical limit of the territorial sea of Otago, apart from the waters of the Queenstown Lakes District and Lake Dunstan. Responsibility for these waters has previously been transferred by ORC to Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and Central Otago District Council (CODC).

Hearings have been held and we are nearing the final stages before the bylaw is made operative. For more information on the bylaw consultation click here. The Harbourmaster's boat is the next step in being able to effectively regulate and monitor our waterways to ensure they are safe for all to enjoy.

  • Let us know what name floats your boat!

    Let us know what name floats your boat!

    Consultation has concluded