About Land Search and Rescue
Land Search and Rescue is a national volunteer organisation which provides search and rescue assistance to the lost, missing and injured across New Zealand.
Our volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regional and forest parks, shorelines and caves. Our unpaid professionals offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre.
We have over 3,000 trained search and rescue volunteers who are members of 63 local groups covering the length and breadth of New Zealand. There are also specialist disciplines such as Land Search and Rescue Dogs, CaveSAR, CanyonSAR, Alpine Cliff Rescue (ACR) and RiverSAR who operate on a local level where there is a requirement for these specialist skills.
The Land Search and Rescue Board is the governance body of the organisation and comprises of independent and elected Directors. The Board appoints the Chief Executive who delivers an annual management plan to support the Board’s strategies. He is supported by a small team of salaried National Support Staff.
From July 2022 to June 2023 volunteers donated over 102,627 hours to Search and Rescue activities, bringing home 399 people.
We are Land Search and Rescue – Everywhere for Everyone
Providing Search and Rescue assistance to the lost, missing and injured
Land Search and Rescue’s primary objectives are to:
- Provide effective and efficient land search and rescue capability throughout New Zealand in collaboration with the New Zealand Police, Rescue Coordination Centre, and other agencies as required, consistent with NZ Land Search and Rescue Inc approved standards.
- Further, the education of the public of New Zealand in matters related to Search and Rescue.
- Provide education, training and assessment in Land-based Search and Rescue and emergency management.
- Provide internationally recognised, effective, and efficient operational Land Search and Rescue throughout New Zealand at a standard equal to or better than international best practice.