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10 questions with Nicole Brooke

Nicole has been involved as a LandSAR volunteer since she was a teenager, and now flies search and rescue missions for the Defence Force in their NH90 helicopters.

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Coastguard Air Patrol

The Coastguard Air Patrol can search up to 35 square miles of water and shoreline per hour, reducing the time needed to cover large search areas and improving SAR outcomes.

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Now available: NZSAR Annual report 2021-22

The NZ Search and Rescue annual report for 2021-22 summarises the activities of our sector, with statistics, key insights and feature articles on the highlights. 

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Search Scenarios #1

In the first of an occasional series, NZSAR Senior Advisor Matt Wheble has put together several scenarios that can be used in training sessions for operational SAR agencies. 

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Find them using their apps

Find them using their apps

Recently, there has been an explosion in app-based tracking and planning tools for outdoor adventures, which could provide vital clues. 

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Advances in distress beacon capabilities

Beacons with Return Link Service (RLS) are already here, and those with Second Generation Beacon (SGB) technology arriving in 2022. What are these new capabilities, and what do they mean…

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Climate change and SAR

Glaciers are a key indicator of climate change effects, and nowhere else in New Zealand has more glaciers than the mountains surrounding Aoraki/Mount Cook. 

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10 questions with.. Jonathan Gillan

Jonathan is no stranger to the mountains, having enjoyed a broad professional career as a mountain guide, avalanche forecaster and professional SAR  team member in New Zealand and Australia.

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SAR Insights - Christmas Eve on the Whanganui bar

About 5.30pm, on the 24th of December 2021, a member of the public called the Whanganui Coastguard to  report they had lost sight of a lone kayak, shortly after it…

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Emerging capabilities - Canyon SAR

The specialist skills and equipment of a Canyon SAR team can be invaluable whenever the search area  includes waterways that are steep, gorged, or both.

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