Meet our Current Partners

Our partners and supporters are the life blood that enables Coastguard volunteers to be there when they're needed most.


Our Valued Partners

Coastguard works alongside many great organisations who support us in so many ways. This generosity keeps us afloat and able to provide the services we do. With just 15% of our funding coming from the government we need the support of our corporate sponsors and funders, members, and supporters to continue keeping Kiwis safe out on the water.


Search and Rescue Partners


Formed in 1949, Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is the umbrella organisation for the water safety sector. They work to reduce the high number of Kiwis who lose their lives or are injured in the water each year.


The NZSAR Council provides national strategic governance and leadership to New Zealand search and rescue.


Surf Life Saving New Zealand Inc. (SLSNZ) is the charity representing 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs in New Zealand, with the aim of saving people from unpredictable seas. Throughout the year, their lifeguards are on the lookout for an upraised hand in need of help. 



New Zealand Police is working with the community to make New Zealanders be safe and feel safe. With nearly 12,000 staff, they provide policing services 24 hours a day, every day. They operate by land, sea and air, manage over 770,000 emergency calls a year and are always actively preventing crime and crashes.


Maritime NZ is the national regulatory, compliance and response agency for the safety, security and environmental protection of coastal and inland waterways.


Major Funding Partners

The Lottery Grants Board is managed by the New Zealand Government’s Department of Internal Affairs, to support local community services. It provides considerable funding to Coastguard which helps us greatly in our overall operation throughout New Zealand. 


The New Zealand Community Trust grants scheme has long supported the work of Coastguard. Funds provided have been used for vital equipment, training, vessels and communication needs to save lives on the water.


The Lion Foundation assists Coastguard with funding in local communities throughout the country.


Pub Charity supports our local Coastguard Units with funding for essential operating needs.


Corporate Partners


Hutchwilco are a long-term supporter of Coastguard and the official supplier of Hutchwilco life jackets to our Coastguard units. They also supply us with marine safety gear and sponsor the annual Hutchwilco Coastguard Volunteer of the Year Award. To find out more about our partnership with Hutchwilco, click here


Century Yuasa is Coastguard’s official industrial battery supplier. They have been providing batteries for our rescue vessels and Coastguard NowCasting weather sites and radio repeaters since 1996!


Vodafone and their Fixed Line customers support us through Vodafone Friends of Coastguard. See here for more details


Bellingham Wallace Chartered Accountants is a firm that instinctively works at the crossroads of accountancy and business advice with confidence and passion.


Energizer is the official household battery supplier to Coastguard ensuring volunteers are ready for that call for help 24/7 with the provision of batteries for pagers and a variety of lighting products from search lights to torches.


Coastguard Boating Education Sponsors and Funders



A special thanks to all of the additional businesses and trusts which support Coastguard throughout New Zealand. We simply couldn't do it without your help.


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  • Tower
  • Marine Deals
  • Kordia
  • Hutchwilco
  • Century Batteries (2022)
  • Lotteries Grants Board
  • NZCT
  • Lion Foundation
  • Pub Charity