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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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Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Police Maritime Unit. Supplied 1

Tāmaki Makaurau Police Maritime Unit

Located alongside several key SAR partners at the Marine Rescue Centre at Mechanics Bay, the Tāmaki
Makaurau Police Maritime Unit coordinates and contributes to water-based SAR operations in the region.

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NZSAR 2022-2023 Annual Report published

Between 1 July 2022 and 31 June 2023, the commitment and dedication of our search and rescue sector saw 1,130 people assisted, 744 people rescued and most importantly, 137 lives saved.

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Peer Supporter at work. Courtesy Surf Life Saving New Zealand

Member wellbeing

People are the most valuable and important resource in the SAR sector, so it is essential the sector supports their wellbeing.  

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10 Questions with Fiona Read

Senior Constable Fiona Read has served more than 13 years with the Manawatu Police SAR Squad.

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The missing party in the Sutch Search From Evening Post 1 May 1933. Courtesy of New Zealand Free Lance Collection Alexander Turnbull Library

Celebrating 90 years of helping the lost, the missing and injured

The NZSAR Council congratulates New Zealand Land Search and Rescue on their 90th anniversary, which was celebrated on 1 May 2023.

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