The Howick Volunteer Coastguard was established in 1956 as part of the Howick Volunteer Fire Brigade under the name of the Howick Sea Rescue, after the drowning of 3 local youths.

The Howick unit - which has been in continuous service ever since - was initially crewed and managed by the members of the Howick Volunteer Fire Brigade.   

In 1984 the original Howick Sea Rescue organisation became Howick Volunteer Coastguard and a full member of The Royal New Zealand Coastguard Inc. The Howick unit consists of around 40 members who are all operational crew and live relatively close to the Headquarters at Howick Beach.

Howick Rescue 1 - 9.5m Naiad



Unit volunteers are organised into duty crews who voluntarily give up their time to attend weekly training sessions and to rescue people and boats. Callout is by pager 24 hrs a day, 365 days per year and the response time from the call until the boat is in the water is typically 10 minutes.

The various crews turn out to an average of 170 incidents per year. The Primary area of responsibility is the Tamaki Strait and the Firth of Thames across to Coromandel and down to Thames.

About Howick Rescue 1

In November of 2014, the new Howick Rescue 1 (HW1) was launched. This vessel is a NAIAD 9.5m Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat powered by a 740HP Scania Diesel driving a Hamilton Jet Unit, and incorporates many design improvements and lessons learned from the earlier HR1.

HW1 is fully equipped for Search and Rescue work with the latest in maritime technology:

 - Radar  - GPS  - VHF and UHF radios   - EPIRB
 - Local Charts  - Wireless Crew
 - Binoculars (day and
   night vision)
 - Fire Extinguishers
 - First Aid Kits  - Stretcher  - Oxygen  - Fire Pumps
 - Search Lights  - Wet Weather Gear  - Loud Hailer  - Tow Ropes
 - Life rings  - Life jackets  ... and other rescue eqiupment 

HW1 has internal seating for a crew of 4, but is licensed to carry up to 12 persons. While HW1 can respond with a minimum crew of 3, general tasking levels are usually between 5 and 6 crew.



Secretary: Colin Small

Contact for New Recruits:
Crew Liaison: Kevin Richards

Every Tuesday at 1930 at Howick Beach Domain base, Granger Road, Howick


Last updated: 09 August 2016