Coastguard Hibiscus volunteer receives award


A Whangaparaoa local was recognised at the annual New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards held at Parliament on May 1.

Joanne Norgrove was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Support Activity for her service to the Coastguard Auckland and Coastguard Hibiscus units and search and rescue.

The NZSAR Awards are presented annually in Wellington to recognise outstanding achievements and the courageous people involved in search and rescue in New Zealand.

Norgrove joined Coastguard as a volunteer in 2006 and is a skipper on the Coastguard Hibiscus rescue vessel and on Coastguard Auckland’s three vessels. She is also a regional Coastguard instructor and tutors a number of different marine courses including ‘Suddenly in Charge’ a safety course designed for women who wish to have more knowledge and confidence on a boat if something goes wrong.

Norgrove says she was honoured to be nominated for an NZSAR award. “It was gratifying in itself just to be considered as Coastguard has some outstanding volunteers. I’m just doing my bit to keep people safe,” she says. “Since joining Coastguard, I’ve grown so much so it is a real honour sharing my knowledge with other volunteers.”

Coastguard CEO Patrick Holmes says Norgrove’s contribution to Coastguard over the years has been invaluable.

“Her recognition is a testament to her generosity and commitment to teaching our volunteers and saving lives at sea. Jo goes above and beyond and her tireless efforts over her 13 years with Coastguard epitomizes the volunteer ethos we hold. We are extremely proud of the hard work she has put in over the years and her dedication to helping others.”

Coastguard is a charity made up of over 2,000 highly-skilled volunteers located at 63 units around the country. Around $20 million is required annually to support Coastguard’s work with 12% of funding coming from the government. The rest is raised by Coastguard from the wider New Zealand community.


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