Contact RCCNZ

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.

Activate distress beacon if carried. Wear lifejackets. Switch radio to Full Power.

  1. VHF Ch 16 or SSB 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291
  2. MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
  3. THIS IS  NAME OF VESSEL   3 TIMES
  4. CALLSIGN OF THE VESSEL ONCE
  5. MAYDAY  NAME OF VESSEL AND CALL SIGN
  6. Vessel's position in degrees and minutes of latitude and longitude or bearing and distance from a well known geographical feature.
  7. Nature of distress and kind of assistance required.
  8. Any other information that may assist rescuers – number of persons on board, emergency details, description of vessel, liferaft, EPIRB, cellphone number.
  9. OVER
  10. 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 rescue authority.

    You can use any number of means to communicate distress simultaneously.

    Distress alert by cellphone call: 111

See also:

 

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
Website: www.beacons.org.nz

RCCNZ management and administration

Office hours for the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand are 8am to 5pm each weekday.

Phone: +64 4 577 8034
Fax: +64 4 577 8041
Email: rccnz@maritimenz.govt.nz

Address:
Avalon Business Centre
Percy Cameron Street
Avalon
New Zealand

or

PO Box 30050
Lower Hutt
NEW ZEALAND