Out with the old, in with the new

The Old4New van visits Marsden Cove last year

Coastguard’s highly successful ‘Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade’ campaign is back in time for summer and visiting communities throughout the country including Dargaville on Sunday, December 10 from 1-4pm at the Northern Wairoa Boating Club.

This will be the second year the popular boating safety initiative has been run nationwide using Old4New van to visit popular boat ramps and key locations from the far north to the deep south.

The concept behind the campaign is straightforward: bring your old, damaged or out-of-date lifejacket to the Old4New van and receive a significant discount on a brand new quality Hutchwilco Lifejacket.

“Lifejackets save lives, it’s as simple as that,” says Coastguard New Zealand CEO Patrick Holmes.

“The Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign provides an easy and accessible way for people to ensure they have the correct number of fit for purpose lifejackets to wear on their boat.”

Some of the good quality, traded-in lifejackets that meet New Zealand standards will then be shipped to at-risk communities in the Pacific Islands.

“Since the start of the Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade in 2014, close to 1,500 lifejackets have been given to these communities ensuring local fisherman don’t risk their lives while out at sea and Island children are kept safe on their commute to school,” said Mr Holmes.

Over 7,000 lifejackets have been traded in over the last three years of the campaign.

For a full location schedule visit www.old4New.nz or contact Coastguard on 0800 262 843.


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