The Mana Volunteer Coastguard is a unit of Coastguard New Zealand which is the primary maritime search and rescue service in New Zealand. Our focus is to make our local waterways a safe place for all our local community to enjoy.
Mana Volunteer Coastguard was established in 1998 by members of the Mana Cruising Club. We are located adjacent to the cruising club in Mana Marina. Our area of responsibility covers the Mana inshore area - including Titahi Bay - and the north end of Cook Strait across to the top of the Marlborough Sounds. This area includes some of the roughest sea conditions in the world.
We have two rescue vessels: Porirua Rescue, a 12.5 metre Rayglass Protector; and Pelorous, a 5.8 metre Naiad inflatable.
Our unit like all other Coastguard units is a charitable organization with all members being volunteers. Over 85% of our funding comes from donations and local community support. It is these donations that keep our vessels in the water and enable us to assist people in distress. It costs over $200 an hour to run our vessels in a search and rescue operation.
We are on call 24/7 ready to respond to any maritime emergency in our area. Anyone in trouble should ring 111 in the first instance and talk to the Police who will task us if we are the most appropriate rescue service for the emergency.
In addition to our maritime rescue service, we are also working with the local Emergency Response team to expand our training and ability to assist in the event of a major disaster in our area. We have trained paramedics and crew used to dealing with people in an emergency.
All our crew undertake extensive training and are dedicated to making our community a safe and enjoyable place to be, and are ready and willing to respond should we have a major emergency in our area.