The Howick Volunteer Coastguard was established in 1956 as part of the Howick Volunteer Fire Brigade under the name of the Howick Sea Rescue after the drowning of 3 local youths. The Howick unit which has been in continuous service ever since was initially Crewed and Managed by the members of the Howick Volunteer Fire Brigade.
In 1984 the original Howick Sea Rescue organisation became Howick Volunteer Coastguard and is a full member of The Royal New Zealand Coastguard Inc. The Howick unit consists of around 40 members who are all operational crew and live relatively close to the Headquarters at Howick Beach. The members are organised into duty crews who voluntarily give up their time to attend weekly training sessions and to rescue people and boats. Callout is by pager 24 hrs a day, 365 days per year and the response time from the call until the boat is in the water is typically 10 minutes. Crew’s turnout to an average of 170 incidents per year. The Primary area of responsibility is the Tamaki Strait and the Firth of Thames across to Coromandel and down to Thames.
We run a dedicated Rescue Vessel - HW1.
Meetings/Training: Every Tuesday at 1930 at the base on Howick Beach Domain, Granger Road Howick. Also see our Calendar for all activities.
Volunteer with us - If you are fit, over 18, live and work close to Howick beach (available most of the time), have a boating background and are keen to join, email anytime. Alternatively, fill out the application form and post it to us.
Become a Coastguard Member - Boat with confidence, knowing Coastguard will always be there when you need us. Join us as a supporter member.
Up until this year, the Howick Volunteer Coastguard had sold the greatest number of tickets in the nation-wide NZ Coastguard lottery, and over the years that the lottery has been run, Howick have sold the greatest total number of tickets. Lottery Results.
The money will be put towards supplying uniforms and protective clothing for our Volunteers. The new replacement boat (9.5m Naiad) was officially launched on 15/11/14.
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