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?

New Zealand's Search & Rescue Guidelines

NZ's SAR Guidelines are now available here. These guidelines provide the SAR sector with a single point of reference for conducting search and rescue operations. The guidelines will be updated and maintained through the Guidelines, Forms and Templates Management Group.

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.

CIMS Role Profiles, describing the tasks that are performed within each function area, are available here.

New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards - nominations 

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

Search and Rescue Conference

The Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference is now a dedicated search and rescue stream within the two-day 2020 Disaster & Emergency Management Conference 1 - 2 June, Gold Coast. Abstracts for presentations close 31 January 2020; volunteer registration rates available.

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

Rescued Persons Report 


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019