Top-of-the-range patrol vessel for Nelson fisheries officers
If you're thinking of violating fishing rules in the Nelson region, you'd be wise to think twice.
Ministry for Primary Industries Nelson fisheries officers have welcomed a faster, sleeker, more advanced patrol vessel to the fold – one that eliminates the need to go back to base to refuel or to carry fuel on board.
Nelson/Marlborough Chief Compliance Officer, Anthony Little, says the purpose-built vessel provides significantly more capability.
"This vessel has a far greater range, allowing us to go further – uninterrupted – than we’ve gone before. For example, we now have the ability to go beyond Farewell Spit from Nelson. That's a pretty big improvement.
"It's also pretty quick with a top speed of 45 knots or 83km/h.
"We've got a top of the range sea-faring vessel now. The team's very happy."
The 7.5 metre, Picton-built Naiad is aptly named, too. She's called the Kiwa – meaning 'God of all Fish or divine ocean guardian' in Māori.
"We're very happy with the name we came up with – it's very appropriate given the nature of the work she’ll be involved in."
The Kiwa was formally unveiled this morning in a blessing conferred by kaumātua to the Nelson city and Tasman district councils, Archdeacon Andy Joseph.
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