Fishery and Border Patrols
While all RNZN ships undertake patrol duties when sailing in New Zealand waters regular fisheries and border patrols are the primary responsibility of the four Inshore Patrol and two Offshore Patrol vessels of the Patrol Force.
The Patrol Force undertakes regular border patrols with Customs and bio-security personnel embarked to locate and board yachts entering New Zealand from overseas, to ensure they are aware of the protocols of clearing customs and are not bringing any contraband items into the country.
The Patrol Force undertakes regular patrols in support of the Ministry of Fisheries around New Zealand waters. During these patrols Fisheries Officers board and check commercial and recreational fishing boats to ensure catch limits and quotas are being adhered to.
The Patrol Force undertakes regular patrols in support of the Department of Conservation and other agencies. A recent example was the embarkation of DoC personnel to try and locate the breeding grounds for the New Zealand Storm Petrel, a bird thought until recently to be extinct.