The Charity Saving Lives at Sea.
Coastguard is a Kiwi institution - a charity, run by volunteers, dedicated to saving lives at sea.
Coastguard volunteers are on call throughout New Zealand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
On the water, anything can go wrong in a very short period of time. Our volunteers will spring to the assistance of anyone in trouble - from assisting people whose boat won't start, rescuing a man overboard, helping a kayaker or surfer in trouble, to responding to an emergency flare, locating a drifting vessel or attending to a medical emergency at sea.
Coastguard has a service level agreement that provides us with about 15% of the annual funding we need. The remaining 85% needs to be raised from supportive organisations and individuals who recognise the importance of our lifesaving work.
More about us
Volunteer Coastguard Canterbury Unit, based in Lyttelton, Christchurch. Saving Lives at Sea.