Contact the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) using the details listed below.
24-hour emergency numbers
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 472 269 (0508 4 RCCNZ)
Call from outside of New Zealand:+64 4 577 8030
At sea, call the Maritime Operations Centre on VHF radio channel 16. They will pass your details onto RCCNZ.
How to make an emergency call or MAYDAY
USE ONLY IF YOU ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER AND NEED IMMEDIATE HELP.
- VHF Ch 16 or SSB 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291
- MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
- THIS IS NAME OF VESSEL 3 TIMES
- CALLSIGN OF THE VESSEL ONCE
- MAYDAY NAME OF VESSEL AND CALL SIGN
- Vessel's position in degrees and minutes of latitude and
longitude or bearing and distance from a well known
- Nature of distress and kind of assistance required.
- Any other information that may assist rescuers –
number of persons on board, emergency details,
description of vessel, liferaft, EPIRB, cellphone number.
- Allow a short period for shore station to reply.
Repeat the distress call working through all the
distress frequencies. If contact is made with a shore
station, inform the station that you have activated
your EPIRB and do NOT turn it off until advised by the
You can use any number of means to communicate
Distress alert by cellphone call: 111
How to make an emergency call or MAYDAY sticker [PDF: 71Kb, 1 page]
Reporting an accident, incident or injury
How to report an accident, incident or injury for a commercial operation, or onboard a recreational vessel
Free 406MHz distress beacon registration
New Zealand (toll free): 0800 406 111 or 0508 406 111
International: +64 4 577 8033
RCCNZ management and administration
Office hours for the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand are 8am to 5pm each weekday.
Phone: +64 4 577 8030
Fax: +64 4 577 8041
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand
Level 1, 41 Percy Cameron Street
Avalon, Lower Hutt
PO Box 30050