Passage Guardian

Peter Mott is a retired Internet entrepreneur, experienced radio engineer, and private maritime coast station operator who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.  

He has 9 years of volunteer experience assisting recreational vessels undertaking ocean passages, including multiple solo circumnavigators totalling dozens of vessels each year.

Peter holds New Zealand Boat Master and Coastal Skipper certifications and has sea time on both coastal and ocean passages conducted on his own vessels.

Peter Mott Passage Guardian Operations Room

Above all else, Peter is a details guy and passionate about safety at sea.

Passage Guardian is inspired by the 1994 Queens Birthday Weekend Storm tragedy, the selfless dedication of Jon and Maureen Cullen of Kerikeri Marine Radio spanning many years, and more recently, the SV Nina tragedy in June 2014, resulting in the loss of seven crew members.

Combining passage monitoring and a New Zealand-based maritime HF/SSB coast radio station, Peter Mott’s Passage Guardian service is free of charge and available to recreational sailors anywhere in the world.


Passage Guardian is a service provided by the HF Radio Charitable Trust, a New Zealand registered charity with registration number #CC59159.

The trust is also a New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) Donee Organisation. Individuals are able to claim tax credits for their donations.

Everyone involved with the operation of the Trust, including the Founding Trustee are volunteers, freely giving their time and expertise without expectation of financial reward.

Donations are used to fund operating costs directly related to delivering services. Capital expenditure is funded by a combination of interest free loans and grants.