NZSAR Council

The New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council (est. 2003) provides strategic governance to all search and rescue agencies in New Zealand. The Council comprises the Chief Executives (or their designated representatives) of seven Government Departments with roles and responsibilities to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Sector. It is Chaired by the CEO of the Ministry of Transport.

NZSAR Council

The Council

The Council is supported by a Secretariat and a Consultative Committee. The Secretariat provides policy and strategic advice to the Council, while the Consultative Committee (supported by the Secreatariat) is a forum of representatives from the many organisations in the broader SAR sector.

The mandate of the Council is 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 Organisations

Government Departments with roles and responsibilities to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Sector. For more information about each department visit their website.

Council Members

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Peter Mersi

Chair of the NZSAR Council and CE of Transport

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Keith Manch

Director Maritime New Zealand

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Shelley Turner

Acting Director of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive

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Andrew Coster

Commissioner New Zealand Police

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Air Marshal Kevin Short

Chief of Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force

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Lou Sanson

Director General Department of Conservation


Michael Bassett-Foss

Independent Council Member

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Rhys Jones

Chief Executive of FENZ


Documents relating to the NZSAR Council.


Read the NZSAR Council Minutes 2010 - Present.

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