Amendments to the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaw and reversal of delegation for Lake Dunstan maritime responsibilities

ORC and Central Otago District Council (CODC) are proposing to transfer maritime responsibilities over the waters of Lake Dunstan back to ORC. We want to hear what you think about this and our proposed changes to the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaws.

Since 2006, Harbourmaster functions for Lake Dunstan have been the responsibility of Central Otago District Council (CODC). ORC and CODC are now in the process of seeking to reverse the delegation transfer of maritime responsibility over Lake Dunstan back to ORC.

As part of this, the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaws (the bylaws) need to be amended so they are relevant for Lake Dunstan. We’ve compared the two documents to see where they differ and amended our bylaws to include anything we don’t already have covered. We have also taken this opportunity to make further amendments to the bylaws to improve maritime safety around Otago.

Have your say

Tell us what you think of the amendments to the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaw and/or what you think of the transfer of delegation over Lake Dunstan back to ORC by making a submission on either of these matters before 5pm Friday 10 April 2020.


You can find the draft amended bylaws in the document library of this page for download or online viewing; hard copies are also available for viewing at ORC offices at:

  • 70 Stafford Street, Dunedin
  • William Fraser Building, Dunorling Street, Alexandra
  • Terrace Junction, 1092 Frankton Road, Queenstown


You can make a submission on either matters online below, or if you would like a hardcopy submission form, please get in touch with us by calling 0800 474 082 or emailing customerservices@orc.govt.nz

Hard copy submissions can be sent via post to:

Otago Bylaw Submissions
Otago Regional Council
Private Bag 1954
Dunedin 9054


This consultation closes 5pm Friday 10 April 2020

ORC and Central Otago District Council (CODC) are proposing to transfer maritime responsibilities over the waters of Lake Dunstan back to ORC. We want to hear what you think about this and our proposed changes to the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaws.

Since 2006, Harbourmaster functions for Lake Dunstan have been the responsibility of Central Otago District Council (CODC). ORC and CODC are now in the process of seeking to reverse the delegation transfer of maritime responsibility over Lake Dunstan back to ORC.

As part of this, the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaws (the bylaws) need to be amended so they are relevant for Lake Dunstan. We’ve compared the two documents to see where they differ and amended our bylaws to include anything we don’t already have covered. We have also taken this opportunity to make further amendments to the bylaws to improve maritime safety around Otago.

Have your say

Tell us what you think of the amendments to the Otago Navigational Safety Bylaw and/or what you think of the transfer of delegation over Lake Dunstan back to ORC by making a submission on either of these matters before 5pm Friday 10 April 2020.


You can find the draft amended bylaws in the document library of this page for download or online viewing; hard copies are also available for viewing at ORC offices at:

  • 70 Stafford Street, Dunedin
  • William Fraser Building, Dunorling Street, Alexandra
  • Terrace Junction, 1092 Frankton Road, Queenstown


You can make a submission on either matters online below, or if you would like a hardcopy submission form, please get in touch with us by calling 0800 474 082 or emailing customerservices@orc.govt.nz

Hard copy submissions can be sent via post to:

Otago Bylaw Submissions
Otago Regional Council
Private Bag 1954
Dunedin 9054


This consultation closes 5pm Friday 10 April 2020

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    24 days ago

    Question: Why is responsibility over Lake Dunstan being reversed back to ORC?

    Answer: Usually, regional councils look after all waterways in their region.

    Usually regional councils look after all waterways in their region. Delegation of Harbourmaster duties over the waters of Lake Dunstan were transferred to Central Otago District Council (CODC) in 2006.

    Due to our increased ability to deliver Harbourmaster functions, CODC initiated the process to reverse delegation in August 2019. With a new Harbourmaster and Deputy Harbourmaster, Otago Navigational Safety Bylaws (the bylaws) and our new boat Kaitiaki we now have the capacity to engage with the boating community to improve boating safety around the region.

    Question: Will you be taking back responsibnility over the Queenstown Lakes area?

    Answer: ORC have no plans to initiate the process to reverse this delegation.

    Question: Will there be a new Harbourmaster for Lake Dunstan?

    Answer: Once reversal of the delegation is complete Lake Dunstan will be taken care of by ORC’s Harbourmaster and his Deputy.

    The current level of service provided to Lake Dunstan is around 30 days a year on the water, we don’t anticipate a need for additional resourcing.

    Question: What will happen to the CODC Lake Dunstan Navigation Safety Bylaws 2017?

    Answer: Once the amendment to the Otago bylaws is complete, they will replace the Lake Dunstan bylaws which will then become inoperative.

    Question: Why is responsibility over Lake Dunstan being reversed back to ORC?

    Answer: Usually, regional councils look after all waterways in their region.

    Usually regional councils look after all waterways in their region. Delegation of Harbourmaster duties over the waters of Lake Dunstan were transferred to Central Otago District Council (CODC) in 2006.

    Due to our increased ability to deliver Harbourmaster functions, CODC initiated the process to reverse delegation in August 2019. With a new Harbourmaster and Deputy Harbourmaster, Otago Navigational Safety Bylaws (the bylaws) and our new boat Kaitiaki we now have the capacity to engage with the boating community to improve boating safety around the region.

    Question: Will you be taking back responsibnility over the Queenstown Lakes area?

    Answer: ORC have no plans to initiate the process to reverse this delegation.

    Question: Will there be a new Harbourmaster for Lake Dunstan?

    Answer: Once reversal of the delegation is complete Lake Dunstan will be taken care of by ORC’s Harbourmaster and his Deputy.

    The current level of service provided to Lake Dunstan is around 30 days a year on the water, we don’t anticipate a need for additional resourcing.

    Question: What will happen to the CODC Lake Dunstan Navigation Safety Bylaws 2017?

    Answer: Once the amendment to the Otago bylaws is complete, they will replace the Lake Dunstan bylaws which will then become inoperative.