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1 Ex Whakarauora Tangata Southern Scenario overview map

Distress in Doubtful Sound

An insight into the latest activity in Exercise Whakarauora Tangata, the Nationally Significant SAREX series.

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1 Example coastal safety signage. Supplied

Coastal Safety Signage and Public Rescue Equipment guidelines

"Surf lifeguards have known for a long time about the unpatrolled spots where members of the public get into trouble," says Dr Mick Kearney, National Coastal Safety Manager for Surf…

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1 A P 8A in flight. Courtesy New Zealand Defence Force

P-8A Poseidon proves its versatility

The P-8A aircraft, which are operated by No. 5 Squadron, replaced the P-3K2 Orions which served New Zealand for 57 years.

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1 Teal Bay Hut SAROP Courtesy Dave Fenton Southland Land Search and Rescue 5

SAR Insights: Time to review your comms plan?

Around 8pm on Saturday 29 April 2023, a tramper activated his personal locator beacon (PLB) near Lake Hauroko in Fiordland National Park, triggering a search and rescue operation.

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125 years at Sumner

Celebrating the service of the Sumner Lifeboat Institution / Coastguard Sumner

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Coastguard Sumner volunteers

Independent Member for the NZ Search and Rescue Council

Are you interested in a seat at the top table? Do you want to influence the direction of our high performing search and rescue (SAR) sector? The New Zealand Search…

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RCCNZ Operations Room June 2023. Supplied

Day in the life of a SARO

A glimpse into the work of the Search and Rescue Officers (SAROs) at the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).

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Exercise Whakarauora Tangata underway

Exercise Whakarauora Tangata is the Nationally Significant SAR Exercise, preparing for a high-consequence, low-probability SAR operation.

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PLB Beacon and Phone Central Otago Dan Clearwater 2

Satellite connected cell phones

Monitoring the risks and opportunities for search and rescue in New Zealand.

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Sabre Peak Rescue Wakatipu ACR Southern Lakes Helicopters courtesy Jono Gillan 3

SAR insights: Stranded on Sabre

Sabre Peak is a classic alpine rock-climbing objective, located among the sheer diorite walls of the Darran Mountains in Fiordland. In February 2022, a pair of climbers had summited, but…

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