The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) relies on, and works closely with, a large number of agencies and rescue services nationwide. The main partners are listed below.
The New Zealand Police and RCCNZ, between them, coordinate all of New Zealand’s search and rescue activities.
Police officers in each district are trained as search and rescue (SAR) co-ordinators.
The New Zealand Police, like RCCNZ, works with volunteer groups such as the Royal New Zealand Coastguard and the New Zealand Land Search & Rescue.
Read about how search and rescue is managed in New Zealand
The Coastguard assists the RCCNZ and New Zealand Police with marine search and rescue incidents, by providing more than 2,500 trained volunteers and a fleet of aircraft and boats.
The Royal New Zealand Coastguard operates from a network of four regions and 65 affiliated units. This network is located around New Zealand’s coastline and major lakes.
Learn more about Coastguard [Royal New Zealand Coastguard]
Occasionally the New Zealand Defence Force is asked to assist the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Defence participation may involve the expertise and resources from the:
During a search and rescue operation, liaison officers from the relevant New Zealand Defence Force branch often provide advice and assist the RCCNZ with communications.
New Zealand Land Search & Rescue (LandSAR) is a national volunteer organisation. LandSAR provides RCCNZ and New Zealand Police with land-based search and rescue expertise.
LandSAR is made up of five member organisations:
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) is an associate member of LandSAR.
LandSAR volunteers include experienced trampers, climbers and hunters. The volunteer search teams and advisors provide RCCNZ and the New Zealand Police with detailed local knowledge and more than 2,500 trained volunteers nationwide.
Find out more about LandSAR [LandSAR]