Coastguard community ambassador, Sue Tucker, with the life jacket van

Life jacket offer renewed

by Paul Campbell

Brand new life jackets at bargain prices are on offer from Coastguard again this summer as its Old4New project returns to keep boaties safe on our waters.

From November 30 to February 2, boaties will have the opportunity to bring their old, damaged or ill-fitting life jackets to one of 63 van locations and upgrade them for new, heavily discounted Hutchwilco models.

Kaipara’s opportunity to ‘trade up’ comes on Saturday, December 14 from 3pm–6pm at the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing Club, Alamar Crescent, Mangawhai.

The Old4New van will also visit boating hot spots and community hubs elsewhere in the north with dates and times available at

Since its introduction, more than 13,500 old life jackets have been upgraded, a number, Coastguard community ambassador, Sue Tucker, is keen to increase during the 2019–2020 summer season.

“We continue to see life jackets in all shapes and sizes, some even 50 years old, and what a lot of them have in common is that in an emergency they won’t keep you safe. Life jackets don’t last a lifetime. If you know your life jacket is no good, or if you just want some peace of mind, bring it to get it checked.”

“If you can’t make it to one of the van locations, retailer Boating and Outdoors will be offering the upgrade at select locations around the country.”