Gisborne Volunteer Coastguard was formed in 1986.  It evolved from Gisborne Jet Rescue Boat which had been operated by the Fire Service prior to that time. Since that time Coastguard Gisborne has operated a number of rescue vessels.

The current rescue vessel “Gisborne Lion Foundation Rescue” was commissioned into service in August 2009 with the generous support of The Lion Foundation and other supporters.


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

Legal Name Gisborne Volunteer Coastguard Association Inc
Charity Number   CC27331        

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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