Coastguard Taranaki was set up during the summer of 1972-73. The Unit began by providing a marine radio service (which they still do) to all vessels in the area. Over time, as radio coverage gradually improved, two small jet boats were used for search and rescue incidents. 

In 1999 Coastguard Taranaki purchased a 44 foot Waveney Class Lifeboat from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in the UK. In recognition of Port Taranaki’s sponsorship to the Unit over many years, the vessel was named “Westgate Rescue”.

After some 25 years service in the UK and a further 12 years service with Coastguard Taranaki, “Westgate Rescue” was sold.  


The Unit’s current rescue vessel “Todd Energy Rescue” was commissioned on 3 November 2012. The vessel’s name recognises the lead sponsor behind the acquisition of this New Zealand designed and built AMF 1170 Quick Response Vessel (QRV). 

The unit trains on Tuesday's and Sunday's. If you like to get involved, please get in touch. 

Visit our About Us section for more information on our unit's VesselSponsors and how you can Contact Us.

Legal Name Taranaki Volunteer Coastguard Service Inc
Charity Number    CC38018

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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