Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio Association is an Incorporated Society providing marine communication facilities within the wider Tasman Bay, Golden Bay, Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds area of New Zealand.
The purpose of the Association is to provide safety through communication on VHF channels and assistance to the boating fraternity in central New Zealand. The privately owned channels and the services of Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio are for the use of members only (unless in an emergency) - if you would like to join then please contact us.
Our repeaters cover most sea areas of central New Zealand - bounded by Kahurangi Point, Cape Farewell, Cape Egmont, Cape Palliser to Cape Campbell and down the coast to Clarence.
Are you a radio enthusiast? Or would you like to learn? Are you looking for something you can do from home?
The Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio Association currently has seven dedicated volunteer marine VHF radio operators, and they're looking for two more. Could this be you?
The Association's radio operators take turns monitoring the radio channels, providing a valuable service to boaties in the Nelson/Marlborough area. Operators read weather forecasts and other safety information, record vessel’s trip and position reports, and can connect boaties to assistance they may require.
The Marlborough-Nelson Radio Executive has looked at the services offered to members and in particular the way a vessel's intentions and current position is logged. Consideration has been given to what members want and issues of liability and the ability of operators to follow up situations as they arise.
There are two types of reports that Marlborough-Nelson Radio operators will accept. They are Position Reports and Trip Reports.
To join Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio and gain the use of our privately owned channels (01, 04, 05, 60, 63, 65 and 66) please either complete an online application or contact our office by
Membership fees are kept as low as possible to encourage everyone to join - to 31 July 2024 a recreational membership is $96 (incl gst) and a commercial membership is $207.58 (incl gst). Recreational members with more than one vessel pay $71 (incl gst) for each of their additional vessels, and commercial members with more than one vessel pay $188.60 (incl gst) for each of their additional vessels.
Call signs are a unique identifier for your vessel and are an important consideration for your safety. If you don't know your current call sign then please contact Coastguard Boating Education. They will help you to update your existing call sign or if required provide you with a new one.