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SEARCH & RESCUE SUPPORT
FOR THE LOST, MISSING & INJURED

Board Member Profiles

LandSAR’s governance body is the Board of New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Incorporated.

The Board comprises of elected directors chosen by the LandSAR membership and appointed directors. The Board meets at least six times a year and appoints three of its members to the Audit Committee, which reviews all policies and financial commitments and undertakings.

Dave Robertson  Chair

Dave Robertson Chair

Dave was elected to the Board in October 2014. He has been a SAR volunteer in Dunedin for twenty years. As well as search work, he has been a cliff rescue team member, working with rope systems, wire cable rescue, and helicopter winching operations. Dave has worked closely with trackers and search dogs, both in operations and in training and has a good understanding of the needs of these groups. Since 2001 he’s been part of Dunedin’s search management team and has served as a SAR Adviser since 2008.

He is currently the Chair of the Dunedin Search and Rescue Committee and was also chair of the Southern Regional Committee from 2001 until 2007. In addition to SAR work, Dave has served on the Dunedin Civil Defence Rescue Committee, and on the National Board of the NZ Red Cross.

Dave was part of the winter-over team at Scott base in 1989-90, and has recreational experience in tramping, caving, rock climbing and alpine climbing.

Graham Pomeroy Deputy Chair

Graham Pomeroy Deputy Chair

Graham was elected to the Board in June 2017.  He has been involved with search and rescue since 1979.  He began in Collingwood, later to become Golden Bay, as a field member, moving on to team leader and is now part of the Nelson Bays Incident Management Team.

He has recently sold his farm in Collingwood and moved to Nelson where he and his wife, Jenny run a tour company.  He is also employed by the Top of the South Rural Support Trust working alongside CDEM Recovery team assisting farmers after the recent East Coast earthquake.

Graham is currently Chair of the Tasman Region and on the Nelson Search and Rescue committee.  He is a keen advocate of supporting the volunteer and the groups.
He loves the outdoors and he and Jenny spend much of their spare time tramping and exploring New Zealand and many parts of the World.

Terry Blumhardt

Terry Blumhardt

Terry was elected to the Board in October 2014. He became an active member of the Turangi Search and Rescue Group in 1993, and later the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation. He has trained  and operated in a variety of search environments, as well as holding various local committee roles.

Other previous community volunteer involvement has included committee, instructional and frontline Ambulance work for St John.

Terry’s working life has involved a blend of adventure tourism and outdoor instruction. From a start in the white water rafting industry to now owning a guided walking company, Terry’s passion is working in the outdoors. He also enjoys making the outdoors a little safer for others teaching both Bush Leader courses on behalf of the Mountain Safety Council as well as contracting part-time for SARINZ, instructing LandSAR members from all over the country in SAR specific skills.

 

 

Iain (Cooch) Watson

Iain (Cooch) Watson

Iain is a member of the Horowhenua LandSAR Group and was elected to the LandSAR Board on 18 July 2015.

His involvement in search and rescue started in 1979 as a member of a Police SAR squad in Hawkes Bay. In 1991 Iain became a Police dog handler and for 11 years utilised the dog in SAR operations around the lower North Island. After he left the Police in 2002 he became a volunteer member of LandSAR and joined Search Dogs as an operational handler, trainer and assessor. From 2002 to 2012 he was involved closely in the evolution of the volunteer search dogs into NZ LandSAR Search Dogs Incorporated. A committee member for the duration of this time, he held the positions of treasurer and secretary for a number of years. In 2013 Iain was awarded Life Membership of NZ LandSAR Search Dogs Incorporated.

Iain was a salaried staff member of LandSAR from 2009-2012 as Field Support Officer, based in Central Otago. He now delivers SAR courses and CIMS (coordinated incident management systems) courses for Tai Poutini Polytech (TPP) throughout the country.

Wayne Stevens

Wayne Stevens

Wayne was co-opted to the NZ LandSAR Board in April 2019.  He is a member of the Wellington LandSAR group and has been doing search and rescue in the Wellington region since 1984.  He is a previous director of SARINZ and is also a volunteer paramedic for Wellington free ambulance and does weekly frontline shifts on Friday nights in Wellington. Wayne has a background in working for central Government including working for Treasury for around 20 years.  He currently works for the Ministry for Primary Industries and working on compensation for biosecurity responses.

Wayne’s motivation for joining the Board is to help to continue to improve land search and rescue (SAR) capability in New Zealand. This has improved significantly since the time he started in SAR in 1984; he wants to continue to see improvements including better resources and capabilities for SAR groups.

Camilla Owen

Camilla Owen

Camilla was co-opted to the NZ LandSAR Board in April 2019.. She has previously worked within government as a crown Counsel within the Treaties and International Law Team of Crown Law, but is now a Barrister specialising in environmental law, and lives in Nelson. Camilla has no direct involvement in LandSAR but her husband Louis Standfield has been a SAR volunteer for over 20 years and is currently an instructor for LandSAR. Her background is thus that of a LandSAR volunteer’s family. She has been a keen South Island tramper since her days at Otago University (although she grew up in the Manawatu).

Camilla sees her value to the Board as providing independent advice to assist the Board’s work in supporting the regions, whilst understanding the context of SAR volunteering

Craig Wells

Craig Wells

Craig was co-opted to the NZ LandSAR board in August 2019. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and specialises in governance and commercial development. He acts as an independent director for a number of organisations covering industries which include forestry, farming, horticulture, saw milling and tourism. He has also held numerous voluntary roles for community organisations and sporting bodies.

Growing up in the Far North of NZ Craig has had a long time interest in the outdoors. He has recreational experience in hunting, tramping and boating and has also previously worked as a scuba diving instructor.