In 1994, local Police requested the assistance of Coastguard Canterbury to set up marine search and rescue for the district. A group of volunteers was formed and training began. South Canterbury Volunteer Coastguard Inc was formed in August of that year, and we changed our name to Coastguard South Canterbury Inc in 2005.

In 2003 we purchased an 8.5m Protector ‘Timaru Rescue’ and we added a cabin to this vessel in 2008. Our current vessel a 9m Protector also named ‘Timaru Rescue’ was provided from the Americas Cup boats by Coastguard New Zealand with a contribution from us towards the refit costs.


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Legal Name Coastguard South Canterbury Inc
Charity Number    CC25314




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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