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Patrol Force: HMNZS HAWEA is a Lake-class inshore patrol vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy. It is one of the Navy's four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs).  The ships are designed for maritime surveillance and patrol missions around New Zealand’s 15,000-kilometre coast and out to the 200 nautical mile limit of our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The IPVs' primary mission is to ensure the security and prosperity of New Zealanders by undertaking maritime security patrols, surveillance, boarding operations and response to search and rescue call-outs.

Conceived as part of Project Protector, the ships were built in Whangarei by BAE Systems Australia (formerly Tenix Shipbuilding).

HAWEA was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 1 May 2009. Hawea is the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after Lake Hawea.

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Ethan Moser, RNZN
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The IPVs' have fully automated control and navigations system, powerful engines, modern communications and surveillance systems, active stabilisers and comfortable accommodation.  Using their two RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) the IPVs can undertake boarding operations, surveillance and transport personnel. The RHIBs are launched using two automatic davits near the stern of the vessels. The ships are highly manoeuvrable and capable of speeds up to 25 knots (46 kilometres per hour). 

The IPVs' have a complement of 24 naval personnel and four Government agency officers. They also have the capacity to host 10 additional personnel onboard for general naval training or other duties.

The four ships regularly work with government agencies such as Primary Industries (fisheries), Customs, Police and the Department of Conservation and are frequent visitors to ports throughout the country. The ships regularly undertake patrols around New Zealand’s major fishing grounds, including the West Coast of the South Island, Marlborough Sounds, Cook Strait, Northland and the North Island East Coast.

The IPVs' regularly support the operations of other government agencies.
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  • Surveillance and reconnaissance around NZ coastline
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Search and Rescue
  • Interception and boarding
  • Apprehension and escort of vessels
  • Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief
  • Support for other government agencies, including Police, Primary Industries, Customs and Department of Conservation
  • Vertical replenishment by helicopter
  • Pollution patrol
  • Sea training for the Navy


  • Displacement: 340 tonnes
  • Beam: 9 metres
  • Draught: 2.9 metres
  • Length: 55 metres
  • Speed: 25 knots
  • Range: 3,000 nautical miles
  • Complement: 24 (core crew), 4 (Govt. agencies), 10 (additional personnel) Total 38


  • Main Gun: Nil
  • Helicopter: Vertical replenishment (no flight deck)
  • Small Arms: Numerous small arms ranging from 50 calibre machine guns to 9 mm pistols


  • 2 x MAN B&W 12VP185 Diesel Engines

Badge - Ships Crest

The ship's badge is a Kotiati (hand-held weapon) and her motto is Kia Toa (be brave).
The first HAWEA was a LOCH Class frigate that, among other things, had operational service in Korea.

The second was the Lake Class patrol vessel that carried out some of the important multi-agency tasks that the latest HAWEA will be engaged in.

HAWEA was named by the Ship Sponsor, Lady Mrs Sandra O'Regan and is affiliated to the Greymouth / Westport (West Coast) region.

Recent Activities - 2019

Ships and aircrafts are complex pieces of kit, packed with hard-working sailors - all of whom need some time alongside once in a while.

In April 2017, HMNZS Hawea conducted a six month to Fiji to help patrol the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) - Media Release  About 380 vessels were boarded and 70 infringements detected during Hawea's deployment to help the Fiji Government in maritime surveillance.

Historical data:

  • Distance steamed during October 2018 - 0 nautical miles
  • Total distance steamed since commissioning - 119,647.4 nautical miles

January: Christmas leave period
February: OOW training; Nelson; OOW training; Wellington; Art Deco Weekend; EEZ Patrol; Devonport
March: Harbour training

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