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NZSAR Secretariat

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Secretariat is modelled on the Canadian National SAR Secretariat.

The Secretariat is accountable to the NZSAR Council. It provides the Council with support services, policy advice, and assists in the coordination of Council strategy.

Supporting the Council

The Secretariat supports the Council by:

  • maintaining NZSAR’s key documentation
  • sustaining strong domestic and international SAR linkages
  • monitoring New Zealand’s domestic and international SAR obligations
  • responding to SAR issues as they arise
  • providing relevant advice


The Secretariat does not have an operational SAR role, nor does it oversee individual SAR delivery agencies. As part of its support for the NZSAR Council, the Secretariat provides leadership for the NZSAR Consultative Committee, which is a forum for all New Zealand based SAR stakeholders.

The Council, Secretariat and Consultative Committee work closely as a team. The Secretariat supports the processes of the Council and the Consultative Committee. The Secretariat also provides advice and support for the Council's external communications and media activity.

While the Secretariat provides administrative support to the Council and the Consultative Committee, it is in turn administered and accommodated by the Ministry of Transport. Costs for the Secretariat are met directly from government.

Secretariat Members

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Duncan Ferner

NZSAR Secretariat Manager

Andrew Greig

Andy Greig

Principal Advisor

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Bridget Hesketh

Senior Advisor Governance, Monitoring and Reporting

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Tania Seward

Senior Advisor Communications and Prevention

Matt Wheble

Matt Wheble

Senior Advisor

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Rhett Emery

NSSP Coordinator

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Alita Bigwood

Training Coordinator

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Daryl Bloomfield

Senior Information Analyst

Evan Hughes

Evan Hughes

Senior Advisor

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Wendy Harrison

Team and Projects Administrator

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