International yacht racing success in Grand Prix, America’s Cup and Whitbread / Volvo Round the World regattas has created not only the world’s best sailors and marine craftsmen, but also technologies that excel in the most rugged marine conditions.
Advanced technology that has been refined on the international sailing stage has provided a springboard for growth across the marine sector.
Composite and advanced materials application is just one example of technology transfer, contributing to New Zealand‘s success in composite superyacht and mast construction, as well as award-winning sail material development and construction.
Our tender construction is sought-after, particularly in the rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) category, where our rugged construction is in demand for commercial inshore patrol, search and rescue and security craft.
Depth of knowledge, coupled with innovation, is evident in our community of leading designers, not only in yacht design, build and sail making, but also in electronics and equipment.
Local and international brands are harnessing the skills of New Zealand’s talented electronics engineers for on-going research and development, creating top end ‘fit for purpose’ recreational and commercial use products.
New Zealand’s marine expertise is valued for its attention to detail, particularly in our world-acclaimed superyacht new build, refit and maintenance capability.
We are home to four international award-winning super yacht yards and a significant network of skilled tradespeople, making New Zealand the destination of choice for high level refit and maintenance, as well as recreational cruising in some of the world’s most beautiful waters.
Technology training and education contribute to highly efficient marine project engineering and management systems.
An active industry-led apprenticeship programme and an internationally licenced course programme is the envy of many other marine markets, while the University of Auckland is a draw card for marine designers.