National Board

The Coastguard New Zealand Board governs the strategic direction of our national office. 


It is comprised of the following voluntary positions:

  • Four members elected by Coastguard units at our AGM.
  • Five members, appointed by four regional boards and Coastguard Boating Education board.
  • Up to four co-opted members.

Henry van Tuel - President

Royal New Zealand Coastguard Inc Elected Officers

Henry van Tuel (Coastguard Hawkes Bay)


Aaron Wallace



Members of the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Inc Board



Dick Chapman (Coastguard Marlborough)

Elected Board Member

Nigel Griffiths (Coastguard Waiuku)

Elected Board Member

Wally Hawken (Coastguard Raglan)

Northern Region Appointee

Richard Packham (Coastguard Rotorua Lakes)

Eastern Region Appointee

Peter Kara (Coastguard Nelson)

Central Region Appointee

Nicola Hockley (Coastguard Canterbury)

Southern Region Appointee

John Cowan (Coastguard Boating Education)

Ex-officio Member

Dean Lawrence (Coastguard Waiuku)

Co-opted Member

Mike Purchase (Coastguard Auckland)

Co-opted Member

Ed Crook (Coastguard Auckland)

Co-opted Member


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