Give a lifesaving donation to volunteers this Christmas!

While Kiwis across Aotearoa are celebrating Christmas Day with a BBQ on the beach or opening presents in front of the tree, Coastguard volunteers like Sarah Ivinson from Hibiscus will be out on the water and in radio rooms, ensuring everyone gets home safe from their festivities. 

Last Christmas Day, Coastguard responded to 15 incidents across the country, assisting nearly 50 people, sacrificing time with their own whānau, family and friends. In fact, December was the busiest month last summer, with volunteers responding to 450 incidents, rescuing 21 people from danger. 

Sarah became a volunteer after the tragic drowning death of her sister, turning her life’s purpose to saving lives on the water – even if it takes her away from her own family at Christmas.

“Christmas is coming up, and many of my fellow volunteers will be on call – sacrificing time with their families to help people in trouble out on the water. It’s a good reminder of the commitment and dedication we make to serving our communities and saving lives,” Sarah said. 

With this summer expected to be hot and dry, our highly trained and skilled volunteers are ready for another busy festive season across our coastlines, lakes, and rivers. Regardless of where you are this Christmas, Coastguard volunteers will be ready to drop everything to save your life. 

To help support our volunteers and ensure they have the equipment and training to make a difference this Christmas, join us in supporting their lifesaving work by making a donation today at 

Your generosity ensures that these dedicated volunteers can continue their crucial work, saving lives on the water during the holiday season and beyond.


For more information, contact 
Ben Parsons
Coastguard New Zealand Senior Communications Advisor
[email protected]
+64 21 756 405 

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