Kiwi boaties across the country will have the opportunity to check and upgrade their lifejackets thanks to Coastguard's Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign, back again this summer.
From 1 December, the Old4New van will visit popular boat ramps and key locations all over the country, giving boaties the chance to bring in their old, damaged or out-of-date lifejackets for a great discount on brand-new, quality Hutchwilco lifejackets.
Lifejackets that are over ten years old should be replaced, even if they look okay to the eye. Seawater, sun and general wear and tear impact how effective they are and many old lifejackets won't even float, which is a serious concern in an emergency.
Since the inception of Old4New, over 10,000 old or damaged lifejackets have been traded in and upgraded, meaning thousands of Kiwis are now safer out on the water.
See the Old4New website for full details.
West Coast locations
Wednesday 16 January 2019
1pm to 4pm: Haast Heli, cnr State HIghway 6 & Marks Rd, Haast
Thursday 17 January 2019
10am to 2pm: The Esplanade, Jackson Bay
Friday 18 January 2019
8am to 11am: Franz Josef Community Centre, 6 Main Road, Franz Josef
3pm to 6pm: Westland District Council carpark, Railway Terrace, Hokitika
Saturday 19 January 2019
9am to 12 noon: Coastguard West Coast, Steer Ave, Greymouth