Welcome to New Zealand Search and Rescue

The New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council has a mandate from the NZ government to provide strategic leadership to the New Zealand Search and Rescue Sector.

We help improve the overall co-ordination, cohesion, capability and leadership of search and rescue by working alongside the key organisations and individuals providing search and rescue services throughout New Zealand.

What's New?

CIMS 3rd Edition
The Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) 3rd edition represents New Zealand’s official framework to achieve effective coordinated incident management across responding agencies. 

From 1 July 2020 the 3rd edition replaces all previous versions of CIMS. Click here for CIMS 3rd edition, and here to get an overview of the changes from the 2nd edition.

New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards - 1 May 2019 
Congratulations to all our deserving recipients of the New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards for 2018. Presented by the Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Transport, the Awards recognise outstanding achievements in search and rescue nationwide.  

To find out who received an award, please click here
Further information about the New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards is available here.

Nominations for the 2019 NZSAR Awards can be made now - nomination forms are available here.

NZSAR Strategic Plan

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Strategic Plan for 2017-20 is available here

Volunteer Study 2019




NZSAR Calendar


SAR Training

The 2019 Tai Poutini Polytechnic SAR Training calendar for multi-agency and management courses is available here.

The calendar for land-specific courses delivered by LandSAR is available from the LandSAR website.


'SAR in action'

Check out our Video

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Sunday, September 22, 2019