A free new smartphone app gives water users across New Zealand easy access to any information they need when heading out onto the water.
The MarineMate application for iPhone and Android devices has up-to-date tide information adjusted for daylight savings, safe boating checklists, and regulatory information on 5 knot zones, towing lanes and swimming areas.
'Downloading this free app onto your phone means water users no longer need to carry cumbersome tide guides, or copies of multiple bylaws,' Waikato's navigation safety programme manager, Nicole Botherway, said.
Mrs Botherway said boaties will often visit different locations across a number of regions and MarineMate provides a one-stop-shop to updated information via their smartphone.
'It's quick, it's easy, and it will help to make our waterways safer,' said Mrs Botherway, who led a national project team to develop the application.
The app was developed with funding from Maritime NZ, ACC, Land Information NZ and regional council harbourmasters, with support from Water Safety New Zealand.
People logging into the application for the first time are asked to complete five quick questions which will provide data on the types of activities people using the app are undertaking on the water.
Completing the questions is not mandatory. MarineMate is available for download free of charge for Android from Google Play and the iTunes store .