Changes to the Maritime Mobile Repeater allocations
Maritime radio channels changed on 1 October 2016
New Zealand, along with a number of other countries, has been required to change some maritime VHF repeater channels to make space for newly allocated international services for ship tracking and data services.
New Zealand has moved a few private VHF repeater services, most Coastguard VHF repeater services, and all NowCasting weather services to accommodate these changes.
The frequency changes took place on 1 October 2016, before the peak summer recreational boating season when VHF radio services become busy. This ensures New Zealand is ready for the changes that come into force internationally on 1 January 2017.
No change to emergency distress calling Maritime Channel 16
Although some maritime channels have changed, the existing maritime Channel 16 used for safety, distress and calling purposes has not changed.
No need to buy a new radio
Your current radio is still able to access all the available channels. However, you may need to switch to a new channel number to continue to access your local repeater or listen to the weather forecast.
New maritime channels
The biggest change you will notice is the new 4-digit maritime channels for the Coastguard and NowCasting weather service. These 4-digit channel numbers were allocated internationally to new maritime channels. New Zealand has used some of these new 4-digit maritime channels for the Coastguard and privately provided NowCasting weather services.
You can still listen to the weather channels on your current VHF simply by dropping the first two digits and using the last two digits of the 4-digit channel number. For example, in the Waitemata Harbour where the new weather channel number is 2019, you only need to use channel 19.
1. Metphone weather Forecast:
Bay Of Islands 0900 999 98
Auckland 0900 999 99
Brett 0900 999 60
Colville 0900 999 61
Raglan 0900 999 75
Kaipara 0900 999 76
2. VHF weather:
Maritme NZ Radio
0533, 0733, 1033, 1333, 1733 and 2133 hours.
The forecast is announced on channel 16 and then broadcast on the area working channel.
3. Emergency Services – Dial 111
- Ask the Telecom operator for the service you need .(police, Fire, Ambulance)
- You can call 111 in an emergency from any phone 24-hours a day.
- It is free to call from any phone in New Zealand, Including from pay phones and cell phones
- The 24 hour Maritime New Zealand emergency numbers are VHF 16 or SSB 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291 or phone +64 4 577 8030.
For emergencies please call 111.
4. Russel RadioZMH310
Ph/Fax (09) 403 7218
VHF Channel 63 – operating 09:00 – 19:00, 7 days a week.
Daily weather forecasts at: 09:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 17:30 and 18:50 on channel 63
Russell Radio is also available for information on services – medical facilities, petrol & diesel outlets, phone numbers etc. They are contactable from Tutukaka in the South to Doubtless Bay in the North and extending 50 miles seawards.
They are also able to update Customs and MPI of your arrival time at Opua, Whangarei or Auckland.
5. VHF Coms
Hail on 16 and only use 06 or 08 to chat boat to boat. Bay of Islands Marina monitors Chanel 73. Please use your VHF on low power within the marina n& swing mooring area.