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Naiad’s big plans for New Zealand

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

New Zealand maritime pioneer Naiad is renowned for RHIBs that are trusted to handle the toughest maritime conditions.

WITH A TRANS-TASMAN CUSTOMER list that includes Coastguard, Defence, Australian Border Force, Marine Rescue and Police, they are also popular with tourism operators and high-end leisure customers who value high performance handling and stability.

So, when founder Steve Schmidt retired last year after 40-plus years, The Whiskey Project Group were quick to identify the opportunity to sustain and grow Naiad’s legacy, in accord with their own reason for being. Founded in 2019 by ex-Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers and Special Operations veterans, The Whiskey Project Group has a clear focus to create specialist and military watercraft to provide optimum protection and performance for those who risk their lives in the maritime environment.

“Our priority is serving New Zealand and Australian maritime operators. This means providing them with the competitive advantage of leading-edge design, truly fit-for NZ Petrol Refunds WE ARE A SMALL TEAM located in the Far North, dedicated to serving NZ’s marine industry. Many commercial operators are unaware they are owed money by the NZTA. You could be claiming back the road tax portion of your fuel bill whenever fuel is used in vessels and machinery. 87.4c per litre is the current nationwide tax rate for petrol – aquaculturists, charter operators, water taxis, superyachts, fishing boats, marine support vessels, tenders etc. are eligible for purpose boats and contributing to a strong sovereign maritime industry that will design, build, support and sustain these watercraft,” said Managing Director Darren Schuback.

Chief Operating Officer Ryan Carmichael says that Naiad’s design and build teams remaining in New Zealand was of strategic importance to further strengthen the New Zealand sovereign supply network and domestic economic benefits: “Investing in growth opportunities such as Naiad will create New Zealand marine industry jobs, future proof the integrity of Naiad’s innovative designs and technologies and return significant public value to New Zealanders.” Carmichael also acknowledges the legacy that is now in their charge: “Steve Schmidt and John Cowan created a remarkable legacy that we are committed to upholding.”


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