The Wakatipu SAR Group comprises of representatives from each of the specialist groups. We meet once every 8 weeks, and Minutes are formally recorded. Financial, planning and training decisions are made for the Group in conjunction with our Strategic Plan.


Debra Lloyd- TreasurerDebra Lloyd- Treasurer

Debra has lived in Queenstown for 14 years direct from the UK, now a citizen of NZ. She works as staff accountant hence the reason she was tapped on the shoulder to be treasurer. Debra is a very keen lawn bowler and spends most of her free time at the bowls club in the gardens.

RichardRichard Kennett

Richard works as a DOC Ranger, is based in Glenorchy and has been invloved in SAR in Wakatipu area for 30+ years. In that time he has participated in various roles from searcher to field controler and operations manager. Currently he is a SAR advisor for NZ Police and NZ LandSAR. He is a Wakatipu representative on the Region 7 LandSAR committee. Richard is the Wakatipu SAR Group Chairperson.

EdHalsonEd Halson

A resident of Queenstown for 27 years, he has been a member of both the Wakatipu SAR group for about 26 years, serving on its committee for 9 years, and the Wanaka group for 71/2 years. On the Wakatipu committee he is involved in coordinating Training, purchasing and maintaining equipment. Ed also helps with the organising and running of the twice monthly training for the LandSAR Bush group and coordinating and training the Management Support Unit. Ed knows the Wakatipu countryside reasonably well as he’s operated as a fly-fishing guide for the last 18 years. Fishing, hunting, archery, skiing and climbing are his passions and these have taken him over most of the area… either in pursuit of pleasure or guiding clients. He is also a senior Instructor for the Search and Rescue Institute New Zealand and teaches search courses throughout New Zealand. He has been an Operations Manager, Field member and Team Leader on a number of SAR exercises and operations over the years. Feel free to call or email him and talk about anything for SAR that concerns you, any ideas you have or if you have any training needs or suggestions. Ed is also the Vice Chairman of the Wakatipu SAR group.

Brent_Macdonald_100_3850aBrent MacDonald

Brent has been involved with NZLSAR and Search dogs since 1995 approx (he says he can’t remember because getting old). Brent’s previous dogs were certified in Avalanche, Area search (air scent) and Tracking. He is a Lead Assessor within the LandSAR Dogs unit.

Brent’s message: “I have been married for ages, hence grumpiness… Have a daughter (Has Dad, Mum & Dog’s wrapped around little finger). My Driving principles: to provide an excellent resource to Search & Rescue and deliver that to a high standard.To pass on information to those who have an ability to work dogs.You can have any dog you like for search so long as it is a Lab and Black… (Just kidding gold ones are good to and Shepherds and Collies and all the others – as long as they can find someone.” 🙂 )

photoRobyn Lee

Robyn has lived in the Wakatipu for over thirty years. She has three grown up children and one little grand-daughter and together with her husband Richard works in their business, Caltex Queenstown. Robyn was asked if she would be interested in joining SAR, when after a particularly long search, requiring many days off work for volunteers, back up was needed in MSU (Management Support Unit). Robyn’s previous work as a receptionist/secretary meant she had the keyboard/coffee making skills necessary to join the team. Robyn decided in order to decipher the messages and SAR jargon coming in to the MSU, she needed to experience first hand what happens out on the field and has completed Suburban Search, Track and Clue Awareness and Search Methods courses. Robyn is now a member of the Management Support Unit of Wakatipu SAR, and has a fundraising role within the committee.

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