Read about our Heroes!

Ranui Bull and Tony Smith - Coastguard Southern Region

Coastguard is the charity saving lives at sea, and all Coastguard crew members are volunteers – regular people with regular jobs. They’re ready to drop everything to come to your rescue when you need them most.


Right place, right time. Find out how Coastguard hero Ray Burge saved two swimmers.

Thames Rescue Survivors

 “We can't find the words to describe our gratitude.” A day of contrasts on the Firth that could have ended in tragedy.

 Connell Couchman Article Two Landing Pic 400

“I am truly indebted to these volunteers.” Read why Connell Couchman supports Coastguard.

 Hendersons Coastguard Whangamata Rescue vessel

For Christine and Brett Henderson, a perfect day out on the water almost ended in tragedy.

Coastguard Houhora Rescue vessel

Three men were lost for sixteen gruelling hours. Find out how your donations brought them home.

 Coastguard Kaikoura rescue vessel

They were freezing cold, in shock, and suffering from severe hypothermia. Read how they survived to tell the tale.


As volunteers, they deserve not just our praise, but also our support. Without your help, there’s no way Coastguard volunteers could continue to receive the outstanding training that they do.

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Coastguard is a charity. Our volunteers need your help to save lives at sea.

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Peace of mind every time you hit the water, knowing we’ve got your back.

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Increase your knowledge and confidence by completing a boating course.

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No matter your skill set, there’s a place for you in the Coastguard whānau.

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Thanks to our life-saving partners:
  • Auckland Council
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Hutchwilco
  • Marine Deals
  • Tower
  • Kordia
  • Hyundai
  • Line7
  • Century Batteries
  • Half Moon Bay
  • NZCT
  • Lotteries Grants Board
  • Lion Foundation
  • Pub Charity