The New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council was established by Cabinet in February 2003 to provide high level strategic governance to all search and rescue agencies in New Zealand. The Council comprises the Chief Executives (or their designated representatives) of six public organisations with strong links to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Sector. The organisations are:
The mandate of the Council is to:
- provide strong strategic co-ordination for all search and rescue in New Zealand.
- provide strategic policy advice to government.
- be responsible for developing and maintaining a New Zealand search and rescue plan.
- be responsible for establishing a New Zealand search and rescue vision, mission and goals.
The Council is supported by a Secretariat and a Consultative Committee. The Secretariat provides policy and strategic advice to the Council, while the Consultative Committee is a forum of representatives from the many organisations in the broader SAR sector.
Other agencies with an interest in matters before the Council are able to attend NZSAR Council meetings by request or invitation. More information about the Council can be found in the NZSAR Council Terms of Reference and in the minutes from NZSAR Council meetings.