Surveillance cameras watching Queenstown Lakes waterways could help keep misbehaving boaties in line, Kawarau Jet said.
Company director Andy Brinsley said he was not happy paying for inspections by regulator Lakes Environmental and was exploring new technologies that could take out the middleman.
"There was significant time being spent by Lakes Environmental that we were being billed for and we weren't particularly happy about that," Mr Brinsley said.
If the harbourmaster set up wireless CCTV cameras he could keep an eye on summer hot-spots and prosecute backed by solid video footage, he said.
"The harbourmaster can't be everywhere simultaneously."
The idea was at an early stage and was just one of several the company was exploring, he said.
Kawarau Jet faces charges from the Queenstown Lakes District Council for travelling too close to the river bank.
The company relationship with council's regulator Lakes Environmental has been strained and the council said on Monday it would deal with its consent issues directly to ensure a perception of "even-handedness".
Both harbourmaster Marty Black and council chief executive Duncan Field said they were open to using cameras but needed a better estimate of the cost.
The Kawarau River may be one of the spots needing surveillance, with Thunder Jet granted consent to run boats on Wednesday despite objections from Kawarau Jet.
Concerns were raised by the commissioners who granted the consent that a family feud between the companies may compromise their co-operation on safety matters.
Thunder Jet director Duncan Storrier said yesterday he did not have problem with cameras but other technology, such as GPS, should also be explored.
If Kawarau Jet wanted to avoid compliance monitoring costs it should "keep its nose clean", he said.
Shotover Jet already has its own camera system on the Shotover River, designed to provide early warning of private boats that might be in the path of an oncoming boat.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Pals and playmates (pictures)
Reacting to a sudden cancellation
New Zealand's best deck built yesterday
Appreciating Tony Allen
The meaning of blogging