Howick Coastguard


Howick Rescue 1 HW1Howick Coastguard consists of around 40 to 55 members and Volunteers who are all operational crew and live relatively close to the Headquarters at Howick Beach. The members are organised into 5 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 5 minutes. Crews turnout to an average of 200 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 also offer various courses during the year in association with the Coastguard Boating Education Service. We provide fully qualified and experienced tutors, who deliver the course content in our Beach premises. The courses available are: New Zealand Day Skipper, Boatmaster, Coastal Navigation and Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate.

Howick Coastguard Education will also visit local schools and institutions to talk about SAR and boating safety. A Boatmaster course is also available via correspondence through the New Zealand Correspondence School in Wellington, NZ, ph 0800 659988.


How we help

1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016


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40 to 55 members and Volunteers

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9,000 Volunteer Hours





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1 Rescue Vessel

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139 Calls for Assistance





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347 People Assisted






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