In early 2012, the communities in and around Houhora were approached to gauge the support of starting up a Coastguard Unit. The response to forming a Unit was keenly received and supported. 

Coastguard Houhora Inc became affiliated with Coastguard New Zealand in October 2012. Initially using volunteers’ vessels of opportunity, we began providing a consistent rescue service to our community.

In July 2015 we were given the use of a 5.5m Naiad – named 'Houhora Rescue' – to assist us with the required training. Later in 2015 we gained Operational Status thanks to the dedication of our volunteers to train when required.

At present, Coastguard Houhora is based at the Houhora Voluntary Fire Station. This is located 500 m from the preferred all tide, all conditions launching facilities.

We provide marine search and rescue services from Cape Reinga to Knuckle Point – (entrance to Doubtless Bay.) This level of service requires a high level of training and commitment from our volunteers who are all locals. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. 

Houhora Rescue 5.5m Naiad


Some of the team outside their base at Houhora Voluntary Fire Station 


Thank you to our current sponsors. We appreciate their support, and ask that you support them as they have supported us.

Toll Kaitaia

PlaceMakers Kaitaia

Pukenui Excavators Ltd 

Summit Forest NZ Ltd

Oakura Bay Enterprises Ltd

Valley Lime

Steeds Butchery

Waihopo Farms

KADJ Fishing Ltd



Wagener Engineering

Rarawa Enterprises

Kaitaia Kitchen Centre Ltd



President: Robin Gemmell
Email: Houhora.President@coastguard.nz

Meetings: First Tuesday at 1900, at Houhora Voluntary Fire Station, Far North Road, 
Training: Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month

Last updated: 3 August 2016