Port Taranaki is advising the public that flying a drone, aircraft, sky lanterns or any other airborne object in the port area without permission is in breach of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations.
“The port comes under rule 101 of the CAA rules and we have strict rules around flying in the port area,” Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said.
“Drones are becoming more popular and prevalent, but the public needs to be aware there are rules around their use, and we take these very seriously.”
As Port Taranaki, which includes Centennial Drive, Ngamotu Beach and the Lee Breakwater, is a restricted air zone, anyone wishing to fly over the area must first apply for a permit from Port Taranaki. That request will only be granted if all regulations of rule 101 are met and adhered to.
Mr Roper emphasised that anyone who does not get permission from Port Taranaki is in breach of the CAA regulations and could be prosecuted.
He said the port had been made aware of at least one online video where a drone has been used without permission to capture footage of Port Taranaki. The port is investigating.