About our Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ)

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is New Zealand’s national search and rescue organisation.

The RCCNZ was established in July 2004. Initially under the Civil Aviation Authority, the RCCNZ came under Maritime New Zealand’s responsibility in December 2004.

RCCNZ's search and rescue role

Other functions that RCCNZ provides

RCCNZ weekly incident summary

 

RCCNZ's search and rescue role

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is responsible for coordinating:

  • all major maritime and aviation search and rescue missions within New Zealand’s search and rescue region
  • land-based missions arising from someone activating a distress beacon.

These incidents are termed ‘Category II’ incidents. RCCNZ also assists with other rescues when required.

The RCCNZ provides search and rescue (SAR) services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The SAR officers working for RCCNZ are trained to international aviation and maritime SAR standards and have a wide range of experience in aviation, marine and land search and rescue.

Covering one of the largest search and rescue areas in the world, the RCCNZ responds to approximately 1,200 search and rescue incidents annually.

Located alongside RCCNZ at Avalon is the Maritime Operations Centre (MOC). The MOC is the radio service that provides VHF and HF radio services for New Zealand’s coastal waters and the South Pacific, including around-the-clock monitoring of radio frequencies for distress messages.

 

Other functions that RCCNZ provides

Other secondary roles that RCCNZ provides include:

  • medical advice and assistance to mariners
  • maritime assistance service
  • Ship Security Alert System
  • marine accident reporting
  • aviation accident reporting
  • oil spill reporting
  • bomb and security alerts on aircraft
  • search area determination on request from Police and Coastguard
  • tsunami alerts.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand leaflet [PDF: 493Kb, 10 pages]

Contact the RCCNZ

Search and rescue in New Zealand