The NZ cat 1 regulations
only relate to NZ registered yachts that want to leave NZ. A yacht can cruise
out to the 200 mile limit without cat 1. This can cover from 200 miles south of the Auckland
islands to 200 miles north of Raoul Island and 200 miles east of the Chatham islands. More than 1/2 way to Fiji
or New Caledonia
if you are heading North. Cat 1 status is only valid until your arrival at your first point of entry in another country, Usually Fiji
9 to 14 days after leaving the NZ mainland. As far as NZ authorities are concerned it then downgrades to cat 2. In reality it downgrades to nothing as there is no one to check its status until the yacht returns to NZ and wants to leave again, starting the whole proceedure all over again. So if it is more than a year after the issue of the original cat 1 you start by forking out $700.00 to a $1,000,00+ to have your life raft dismantled / repacked etc. and so on it goes.
It is my opinion that the NZ bureaucrats thought that other countries would embrace the cat 1 principle, didn't happen, good thing for most competent cruising sailors. The incompetents will always be there cat 1 or not, it is part of the price
you pay for Freedom,look after it, weve already had ours restricted.