A Fiji/NZ Open Day will be staged on 5 August at Port Denarau Marina and Yacht Club, Fiji, to inform superyachts and cruising yachts, on making the best of their voyage and excursions in New Zealand.
Presentations will highlight the world-renowned refit and maintenance capability in New Zealand alongside destinations and marinas. Presented by NZMarine, Destination NZ and Port Denarau Marina, superyachts, cruising yachts and their crew will have the chance to engage one-on-one with representatives from 25 NZ companies, covering facilities and services including marine products, equipment, vessel agency services, refit and maintenance.
A Welcoming Function will be held on 4 August at the Port Denarau Yacht Club and Marina, for Fijian Government officials and Fijian companies to meet with their New Zealand government counterparts and New Zealand marine industry companies.
The following day it will be down to work, as crew set about the serious business of discovering cruising routes to, from, and around New Zealand, as well as the extensive refit services they’re able to obtain within the country. The cross-nation promotional event is the first of its kind that New Zealand and Fiji have hosted in tandem and is part of a wider initiative to attract superyachts to the Pacific region.
“Working cooperatively with the Fijian yacht industry makes sense to us,” says Peter Busfield, Executive Director NZMarine. “Helping yachts gather the information they need to enjoy a longer stay in the Pacific and make the most of their time here, means more work for all of us – Fijian, and New Zealand industries-alike.”
With superyachts and cruising vessels requiring periodic refit, maintenance or warranty work, yachts are able to cruise Fiji then move to New Zealand to sit out the Pacific cyclone season. This is the perfect opportunity to undergo refit work, following which they are able to cruise or charter within NZ waters and go onto Australia before returning to Fiji, Tahiti and other Pacific island countries.
New Zealand has recently introduced a 24-month TIE – temporary import entry – for visiting vessels. This means yachts are able to stay in the country for up to two years, undertaking a mix of charter work, owner cruising and maintenance most of which qualifies for exemption from the local 15% Goods and Services tax.
The Fiji/New Zealand open day will also feature seminars on passage planning between Fiji and New Zealand, destinations in New Zealand, weather patterns, customs clearance and biosecurity requirements. Companies attending include Marinelogix, Akzonobel, Auckland On Water Boat Show, Babcock NZ, Destination NZ, Doyle Sails New Zealand, Far North Holdings, Harken Fosters, Hutchwilco NZ Ltd, Integrated Marine Group, IMED, Kiwi Yachting, Lancer Industries, Lusty & Blundell, Marina Consultants, NZ Boatbuilding Apprenticeships, Oceania Marine, Oceanmax, Orams Marine, Robinson Interiors, Whangarei Marine Promotions Group, Power Equipment NZ, GMS/General Marine Services, Silo and Viaduct Marina, North Sails, Tenob Wholesale Marine, WhisperPower Pacific, Hobsonville Marina and Volpower.