New Zealand Branch

Welcome to the New Zealand Branch of MLAANZ

MLAANZ New Zealand Branch Committee Members 2017

NZ Branch conference -24 and 25 May 2018

The New Zealand branch invites members, colleagues and anyone interested in maritime law to its annual conference.  We begin events with welcome drinks from 6pm on Thursday, 24 May 2018 at Harbourside, Auckland CBD.  The conference and branch AGM will be held the next day, Friday, 25 May 2018 at Goldie Estate on Waiheke Island.  We hope to see you there! 

Click for here registration documents or email or for more information:

NZ Branch submission to Select Committee on MTAB

New Zealand Branch 2017 Conference

Please click on the links below for a selection of papers presented at the NZ Branch conference on Waiheke Island on 19 May 2017. 

New Zealand Branch 2016 Conference

Thank you to all who attended the NZ Branch conference in Taupo on 7-8 April 2016.  Please click on the links below for a selection of papers presented.  

International Engagement: International Maritime Conventions Law - Stephanie Winson, Maritime New Zealand

Effective Implementation: A domestic policy perspective - Mark Batt,  Maritime New Zealand

Staying Afloat in the IMO system - Ian Lancaster, Maritime New Zealand

A short voyage in contract law - Paul David QC, Eldon Chambers

Case Study: Colin Hunter, McElroys - Involnert Management Inc v Aprilgrange Ltd [2015] EWHC 2834 (Comm)

Case Study: Tom Lynskey, Victoria University of Wellington - Decision of panel on MV Rena resource consent applications

Sea Change? Proposed response to changes to the Marine Insurance Act in the United Kingdom - Neil Beadle, DLA Piper

Update on law reform work - Dr Bevan Marten, Victoria University of Wellington


CMI documents on Draft International Convention on Recognition of Foreign Judicial Sales of Ships

Memorandum to MLAANZ NZ Branch Committee, Neil Beadle

IWG report (email if you would like copies of the attachments to the report)

Memorandum by Sophie Merkin

Memorandum by Jacob Meagher

Supplementary memorandum by Jacob Meagher

Recent articles

High Court issues guidance for MV Rena limitation fund claimants - Kerryn Webster and Felicity Monteiro, Wilson Harle

2014 Conference Papers

Please click on the links below for a selection of papers presented at the 2014 NZ Branch Conference.

Changes resulting from SeaCert - Charles Tortise, Maritime New Zealand

Industry Perspective on MOSS and SeaCert - Jim Doyle, NZ Shipping Federation

The Rena - Still Incurring Costs (Resource NZ v MSC [2014] NZHC 292) - Sophie Merkin, DLA Phillips Fox

Offshore Oil Drilling in New Zealand - Duncan Currie, Globelaw

MARPOL Compliance - International Consistency - John Knight, Chapman Tripp

Tipping the Scales - Changes to SOLAS Chapter VI, Rules on container weighing - Andrew Colgan, McElroys

At the Sharp End - Changes to SOLAS Chapter VI - Chris Bain, Napier Port

How new technology and innovation are driving changes in the Fishing Industry - Peter Dawson, Dawson & Associates


2013 Conference Papers

Please click on the links below for a selection of papers presented at the 2013 NZ Branch Conference.




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