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Welcome to Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard


Tauranga Coastguard

.... is a registered Incorporated Society and Registered Charity #CC41954

.... was formed in 1986 by a group of boat owners and is affiliated to Coastguard New Zealand and is also part of Coastguard Eastern Region.

.... is part of the primary Marine Search and Rescue organisation covering the whole of New Zealand.

.... is an Emergency Service available to all members of the community.

.... provides two dedicated Rescue Vessels, has use of aircraft for searching, is networked to other emergency services and runs a modern radio repeater network from a dedicated radio control room.

..... is funded entirely by public donations, fundraising, members donations and subscriptions and by generous Sponsors.  It is operated by highly trained, unpaid volunteers.

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How to help your Coastguard help you

Like many charities, Tauranga Coastguard relies almost entirely on donations, grants and other fundraising activities to be able to exist to provide the service that it does.  It is not a Government backed organisation, but part of nationwide organisation that provides the Primary Inshore Search and Rescue Service for the whole of New Zealand. 

We welcome and greatly appreciate donations from anyone at any time.

If you are one of New Zealand's many boaties you will recognise the need for such a rescue service, and may have experienced the benefits from it yourself in the past. 

You can greatly help our service survive by making a minimum donation and for a small additional membership fee receive some benefits that we afford to our members in recognition of their support. All donations to Tauranga Coastguard go directly to assist with the running of the unit.  It helps us maintain our vessels so that they are ready whenever needed, and to provide a radio service for the logging of trip reports, or calling for assistance if required. 

Our members receive our annual handbook, a regular newsletter, a membership sticker for your boat, along with a personalised membership card. 

For more information on becoming a member to support our service, please see the Supporter section of our web-site.

Tauranga Coastguard Rescue Vessels

This is our main rescue vessel, called TECT Rescue, so named due to the generous support of our primary sponsor, Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust.  It is a 13m Scott Robson designed catamaran, powered by twin 500hp Yanmar diesel engines connected to Hamilton Jet Units.  It has twin 1000 litre fuel tanks, and has a large operating range, and the ability to stay away from its base for multiple days if required.  It has a considerable amount of state of the art electronic equipment, and can be used as the control point of operations

At the beginning of 2014 we invested in an amphibious rescue craft. This is a Sealegs 7.7m production boat built in Auckland, New Zealand.

This was selected as it is very capable and reliable as a 'boat' but due to it's ability to drive like a vehicle both in shallow water and on land it adds a new dimension to the capabilities of the unit in the areas that we operate.

It is powered by a 200hp Suzuki outboard, plus a 25hp Honda inboard petrol engine to run all the hydraulics to raise/lower, drive and steer the wheels.  

This is proving to be a magnificent vessel to complement our rescue capabilities.