CNR Communications

Since its inception in the early 1950's, the Coastguard Communications team has steadily evolved to the modern and extensive operation it is today. Based at the Auckland Marine Rescue centre in Mechanics Bay, Auckland, Coastguard Radio is now monitored 24/7 with some 50 (mostly volunteer) radio operators available to keep a watch on the boating public.

As some Coastguard units monitor their own local channels, the Operations Room is tasked with picking up the balance of the other 9 channels. These channels cover all of the West Coast harbours from Kawhia to the Kaipara, and from the Bay of Islands south to the Coromandel.

In addition to the all important Search and Rescue operations carried out by Coastguard, our services to the public includes:

  • the taking of trip reports;
  • responding to routine breakdowns; and
  • the broadcasting of weather forecasts, live at scheduled times, as well as recordings on the 24/7 Nowcasting service (check out your local channels here).

In the last 12 months, the Communications section logged over 100,000 trip reports and managed over 2,000 incidents. On its busiest day, the Operations Room has handled on average a call every 23 seconds.

Click here to find out your local VHF Channel to make your Trip or Bar Crossing Report

In a maritime emergency, use VHF Channel 16 or dial *500 from your cellphone.

The Coastguard Operations Centre




Committee Chairperson: Steph Wilson

The third Wednesday of the month at 1900 at the Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay.

Last updated: 21 November 2017