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About TSAR

Tauranga Search & Rescue (TSAR) is the local body volunteer organisation within the Bay of Plenty providing land and urban search & rescue services to the Police, public and international visitors that require their services. TSAR has over 70 trained Search & Rescue Volunteers.

TSAR has an excellent record of success in searches for the lost and injured persons.

TSAR has a close association with other SAR Groups such as Thames, Te Kuiti and Hamilton often supplying vital support in these areas.

TSAR is part of the Midland Region that encompasses the Waikato and Bay of Plenty provinces of New Zealand and two NZ Police Districts of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Associate Members of LSAR are:

  • The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council (NZSAR)

  • Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand (SARINZ)
  • New Zealand Police
  • Rescue Helicopter Services
  • Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ)
  • New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Incorporated (MSC)
  • Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand Incorporated (FMC)
  • Department of Conservation (DoC)
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC)
  • Youth Search and Rescue Tauranga (YSART)

TSAR operates in the following areas:

  • Suburban / Urban operations
  • Wilderness / Rural operations
  • Shoreline / Coastal operations linked to Marine Incidents
  • Other Search & Rescue operations as agreed with Police


TSAR provides volunteers with support and expert training to ensure their operational capabilities. TSAR's close association with the Mountain Safety Council provides education in safe practice principles for outdoor adventure.

If you wish to join TSAR as a volunteer, business partner, sponsor or to contribute as a financial supporter, or you simply would like to know more about us, please contactus.