Heli rescue


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.

Dave Erson

Dave Erson

Dave has been actively involved with LandSAR for almost 30 years. During this time, he has been a willing participant at all levels of SAR from team member to senior management roles in SAR operations.   Dave joined the Board of LandSAR NZ in 2009 and was elected as Chairman in 2012. After standing down in 2014, he was made a Life Member in 2016.  He has been seconded back on to the LandSAR Board to bring his much valued knowledge and experience until October 2019.

Dave is passionate about SAR, in particular the role of the volunteer and the importance of a continuous developing partnership with NZ Police.  His experience in outdoor and wilderness activities include a strong background in Tramping / Kayaking / Rock Climbing / Sailing / Caving / Alpine / Mountain biking.