Coastguard Tauranga came into existence in 1986, when it changed its name from the Tauranga Marine Radio Association, an organisation that had been in existence for around 50 years.  The rescue service was initially conducted using volunteers own vessels until the first dedicated rescue vessel was commissioned in 1986.

Since then the unit has got busier and busier, both on the water and in the radio room.  The unit has operated a 24hour radio service for over 10 years and bought its second smaller complimentary rescue vessel in 2002.  



The unit continues to operate a two vessel fleet, both of which have been replaced since the original ones. The unit is able to call upon the services of around 70 volunteers, and has close working relationships with the other marine industry groups in the Tauranga area. 

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

Legal Name Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard Association Inc
Charity Number  CC41954  

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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