OUR AREA OF OPERATIONS
"It sometimes does us a power of good to remind ourselves that we live on two volcanic rocks, where two tectonic plates meet in a somewhat lonely stretch of windswept ocean just above the Roaring Forties. If you want drama you've come to the right place".
R.H. Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Our vessels are a on a duty roster shared by all Coastguard units in the Hauraki area: Kawau, Hibiscus, North Shore, Auckland, Howick, Maraetai, Thames, Waiheke. Great Barrier is in the area but not rostered.
CNR Communications operates from
the top floor of the Marine Rescue Centre
and does not have any vessels.
Auckland Air Patrol. operate from Ardmore Aerodrome
and do not have any vessels either.
The Auckland Coastguard operations area is generally as shown by the darker blue area of the drawing at left. Technically that is not quite true as there are limits imposed by Maritime New Zealand regarding vessel surveys and crew qualifications but they are complicated and no purpose trying to explain them here.
Understandably most of our work is closer to shore and the near main population centres.
The use of chartplotters has boomed and more people go out at night going much further.
Boats are better made with more capable boats available. Fisherfolk are trading up and some of the more troublesome boats have gone to meet their maker.
ASB Rescue and Lion Foundation Rescue are live aboard, multi SAR mission capable, designed to operate in the greater Hauraki Gulf out of their base at the Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay, Auckland.
They are also surveyed to operate in all enclosed and Inshore waters between North Cape and East Cape, and as a Non-Passenger vessel in all Coastal waters between North Cape and East Cape.
They may also voyage outside the above limits in emergency rescue situations within VHF radio coverage. They do not have SSB Radio capabilities.
Trillian Rescue Alpha is a smaller 'dayboat' type of vessel and unless exceptional circumstances arose could be expected to operate in the Inner Hauraki Gulf.