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New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards

Each year, excellence in search and rescue is formally recognised at the New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Awards

The Awards acknowledge the dedication, achievements and sacrifices made by paid professionals and volunteers involved throughout the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region.

This year's Award Ceremony

On the evening of Tuesday 17 May 2022, His Excellency, Dr Richard Davies presented the 2021 New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards at Government House.

The awards ceremony was recorded and is available to view on the NZSAR YouTube Channel 

The Gold Award for Operational Activity was presented to West Coast Police SAR Squad, Christchurch Police SAR Squad, South Westland LandSAR, Hokitika LandSAR, Methven LandSAR, Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Rescue Team, The Helicopter Line – Mt Cook, Precision Helicopters, GCH Aviation Rescue Helicopter, for the rescue of a tramper near Mungo Pass on 23-27 February 2021.

The Gold Award for Support Activity was presented to Alan Doy for his commitment to search and rescue and Taranaki LandSAR.

Four Certificates of Achievement for Operational Activity, and four Certificates of Achievement for Support Activity, were also presented to worthy recipients during the ceremony.

Read full citations of all the 2021 Award recipients

Nominations

You can nominate a person, organisation or group by downloading a nomination form

 

Past winners

Records of previous winners, Award booklets and citations are available for download from our site. 

Learn more about the Awards and hear from the previous year's award ceremony below. 

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