Coastguard Communications began in the 1950s and has steadily evolved into the modern and extensive operation that it is today. Coastguard Radio is now monitored 24/7 with some 60 radio operators, both volunteer and staff, rostered to assist the boating public.

CNR Communications are based in a purpose built Operations Room at the Marine Rescue Centre in Mechanics Bay, Auckland. The room is always under the control of a Duty Officer.

We handle recreational marine radio calls on all of the West Coast harbours and bars from Kawhia to the Kaipara, and on the East Coast covering the area from Whangaroa all the way south to the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour. We also provide back up support for other areas.


In addition to the all-important Search and Rescue operations carried out by Coastguard, our services to the public includes the taking of trip reports, responding to routine breakdowns, and the broadcasting of weather forecasts, live at scheduled times, as well as recordings on the 24/7 Nowcasting service and on various channels covering most of New Zealand.

Training - The third Wednesday of the month at 1900 at the Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay and at other on site locations in the Auckland area.

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Legal Name Coastguard Northern Region Communications 

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