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Coastguard New Zealand is the charity saving lives at sea. Our volunteer rescue crews provide the primary maritime search and rescue service in New Zealand.

Since the first Coastguard unit was formed in 1898, Coastguard has been run by volunteers, and that remains the case today. We are hugely proud of our volunteers - people from all communities and walks of life who dedicate a huge amount of their free time to keeping their fellow New Zealanders alive.

Coastguard volunteers spend many hundreds of thousands of hours on search and rescue missions, radio operations, training or maintenance work each year. They’re highly trained professional volunteers, so you can be safe in the knowledge that when you call Coastguard for help, you’ll be in expert hands.

Coastguard is a registered charity, and each year we need to raise roughly 70% of our income from individuals, corporate sponsors and trusts. Coastguard operates a national membership scheme for boaties, regular national lotteries, and a range of fundraising activities including a monthly giving club and Coastguardians, a special group of supporters who leave a gift in their Will to save lives at sea.