On the 1 October 2016 New Zealand changed some maritime VHF repeater channels to make space for newly allocated international services for ship tracking and data services.
Although some maritime channels have changed, the existing maritime Channel 16 used for safety, distress and calling purposes will not change.
Your current radio is still able to access all the available channels. However, you may need to switch to a new channel number to continue to access your local repeater or listen to the weather forecast.
For more information on the changes, including how to order a new Maritime radiocommunications sticker and handbook, see www.retune.co.nz.