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Published: 2004-11-26 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has appointed a navigation safety honorary enforcement officer for the Mokau Awakino area.

Allan Jones is a volunteer who will keep an eye on safety, promote water safety and provide advice to water users on navigation safety rules and regulations. Navigation Safety Officer Bill Cameron said some problems had arisen in the area with more people using the river for boating, water skiing and jetskiing as well as other water activities.

A North Cardinal buoy is to be placed on a rock in the bar area to warn boaties of the danger and new map signage had gone up at boat ramps in the area showing exactly what activities the water could be used for.

Mr Cameron said people should read the map signage carefully and be aware of the need to wear life jackets and adhere to the speed rules. Users of jetskis needed to make sure their craft were registered with Environment Waikato. The new Honorary Enforcement Officer role is designed to be an educator.

Environment Waikato would be conducting a safety education programme and supplying pamphlets, navigation safety bylaws and safety booklets, either through the Allan Jones or by calling Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401.