New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Inc. (LandSAR) is the national volunteer organisation within New Zealand providing land search and rescue services to the Police and public of New Zealand.
We are a national volunteer organisation which provides land search and rescue services to lost, missing and injured all over New Zealand. Our volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regional and forest parks, shorelines and caves.
Our unpaid professionals offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre. From April 2016 to March 2017 they donated over 33,121 hours to rescue operations and nearly 125,000 hours to training and non operational tasks.
We have over 3,000 trained search and rescue volunteers who are members of 61 local groups covering the length and breadth of New Zealand. There are also 11 specialist teams such as LandSAR Search Dogs, LandSAR Caving, Alpine Cliff Rescue and Swift Water Rescue who operate on a local level where there is a requirement for these specialist skills.
The LandSAR Board is the governance body of the organisation and comprises of independent and elected Directors. The Board appoints the Chief Executive who delivers an annual management plan to support the Board’s strategies. He is supported by a small team of salaried National Support Office Staff.
The Patron of New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Incorporated is Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Mateparae GNZM QSO.