Find your crew – support your community by becoming a volunteer with Coastguard Tautiaki Moana

Northland, June 24, 2024 - It takes a crew to save a life, with over 2,000 highly trained and skilled Coastguard volunteers ready to respond to calls for help day or night. With more Kiwis than ever enjoying life on the water, we’re on the search for new talent to ensure we can continue our lifesaving mahi long into the future. 

Coastguard Tautiaki Moana Volunteer Manager Jacqui Arnold said it doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned boatie who ventures out every weekend or someone who wants to stick closer to shore, there is a role for you with Coastguard. 

“Across diverse roles, backgrounds, and communities, our volunteers come together as one inclusive whānau, reflecting the Aotearoa we know and love,” she said. 

“Volunteering for Coastguard is more than just our on-water assistance. We have amazing shore crews from our radio operators to training coordinators whose efforts enable us to bring people home safely.” 

Over the last year, Coastguard volunteers in Northland contributed a massive 23,659 hours, with 12,682 hours exclusively dedicated just to incidents. They responded to 275 incidents and assisted 661 people to get back home safely.   

“Our volunteers embody compassion and camaraderie, willingly exchanging the comfort of home or paid jobs to lend a helping hand when it's needed most,” Jacqui said. 

This year, in the Northland region, our Units are seeking: 

Bay of Islands:

  • Rescue Vessel Volunteer
  • Unit Fundraiser 


  • Rescue Vessel Volunteer 


  • Rescue Vessel Volunteer 

North Kaipara:

  • Rescue Vessel Volunteer
  • Shore Crew Volunteer
  • Unit Secretary 

Northland Coastguard Air Patrol:

  • Unit Secretary
  • Unit Treasurer
  • Unit Fundraiser
  • Administrator
  • Pilot
  • In-Flight Observer
  • Unit Crew Coordinator
  • Unit Safety Coordinator 


  • Rescue Vessel Volunteer 
  • Unit Treasurer

To learn more about volunteering with Coastguard and to apply to your local Unit, check out our dedicated volunteer website -  


For more information, contact: 
Ben Parsons 
Coastguard Tautiaki Moana Senior Communications Advisor 
[email protected]  

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