Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand

RCCNZ operates 24 hour, 7 day a week as a full time manned national search and rescue coordination centre, with two SAROs (Search and Rescue Officers) on duty at any one time.


The RCCNZ is located in the same building and floor as the Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) at the Avalon Television Studio building in Lower Hutt. This is a full time facility responsible for the coordination of maritime radio traffic and marine vessel movements throughout a region comparable to the New Zealand Search and Rescue region.

The creation of the RCCNZ resulted from a number of reviews of the NZSAR sector and, in particular the coordination of resources by the RCCNZ's predecessor the NRCC, which operated from the Civil Aviation Authority head office in Lower Hutt.

Search and rescue responders in New Zealand can have confidence in the comprehensive training of the RCCNZ personnel, as well as the state of the art equipment that has been outfitted into the new facility.

SAR Role

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ) is responsible for coordinating all Category 2 SAR incidents in the New Zealand Search and Rescue region.



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Monday, April 23, 2018