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?
Search and Rescue Training Coordinator - New Zealand Search and Rescue Secretariat

  • Do you have experience in learning and development, or in an operational/training role?
  • Are you experienced in contract monitoring and project management?
  • Do you have background knowledge or interest in search and rescue and or emergency management?
  • Are you curious about how we train search and rescue people?
  • Or perhaps you are keen to join a small and supportive, highly productive, team?

New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Secretariat supports the NZSAR Council to ensure New Zealand has effective Search and Rescue services for people in distress throughout New Zealand’s Search and Rescue Region in order to save lives.

The NZSAR Council was established by Cabinet in February 2003. The Council provides high level strategic governance to all search and rescue agencies in New Zealand and its functions are 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 NZSAR Secretariat is hosted by the Ministry of Transport (MoT). The Search and Rescue Training Coordinator will be expected to work in a manner consistent with MoT policies while maintaining focus on delivering NZSAR Council’s goals.

It’s a great time to join NZSAR, with a new training funding system to coordinate and manage; new contracting arrangements and providers to oversee and monitor; new training materials to develop and overall quality assurance and performance monitoring arrangements to establish. Based within the new MoT building you’ll be close to the action, and have plenty of opportunity to contribute and develop.

If this sounds like the type of challenge you are ready for, and would enjoy being part of a small and friendly professional team, we would encourage you to find out more by visiting our website www.nzsar.govt.nz or contacting Rhett Emery, NZSAR (r.emery@nzsar.govt.nz)  for a confidential discussion.

To apply please submit your CV and cover letter at https://mot.careercentre.net.nz/Job/

For any questions or further information, email applications@transport.govt.nz

ANZSAR Conference, 14 June 2019

The Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue Conference will be held 14 June 2019 at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. The theme for the 2019 conference is SAR Never Sleeps – Past, Present and Future of Search and Rescue. This year’s presentation topics include; search & rescue, SAR communication and technology, resilience, health & wellbeing, training, leadership & decision making and lessons learnt.

To submit an abstract, prepare a 300-word description of your presentation along with a 100-word biography and submit prior to Friday 1 March 2019.

Submit at https://sar.anzdmc.com.au/conference-information/submit-abstract/

NZSAR Strategic Plan

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

NZSAR Calendar




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Wednesday, March 20, 2019