Royal New Zealand Coastguard

Coastguard New Zealand operates from a network of 63 affiliated units, strategically located around the coastline, major lakes and rivers of New Zealand. These units have all been established by a concerned community, some after a local boating tragedy.


Coastguard New Zealand is a volunteer organisation with charitable status. It is largely self-funded and operates on contributions from sponsorship, fundraising and the network of community and gaming trusts around New Zealand. 

Coastguard has approximately 2,000 dedicated active volunteers, 30,000 members and 5,000 financial supporters. There are currently 82 dedicated rescue vessels in the Coastguard fleet and Coastguard has two air patrol units based in Northland and Auckland.

Every year the Coastguard network of radio operators answer hundreds of thousands of calls for help or assistance and on average, over 6,750 people are assisted. The work performed by Coastguard has resulted in a number of lives saved and millions of dollars’ worth of boats and equipment salvaged.

In addition to Search and Rescue, to prevent boating fatalities Coastguard also provides a Boating Education Service which delivers a variety of boating safety courses to the New Zealand public.  Coastguard also provides an essential marine communications network as well as providing weather forecasting and real-time weather updates via its NowCasting service and the Coastguard App. Other non-emergency services include public education initiatives such as the Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade Campaign and training initiatives such as Bar Crossing Awareness Days.

SAR Role

Coastguard New Zealand provides New Zealand's primary maritime Search and Rescue service.
Coastguard works closely with the New Zealand Police, Rescue Coordination Centre, emergency medical services helicopters and other search and rescue providers.



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Tuesday, May 26, 2020