New Zealand Land Search and Rescue

New Zealand Land Search and Rescue was established as an incorporated society in 1994. Our volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regional and forest parks, shorelines and caves.
Our unpaid professionals offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24/7 via the New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre.
To find out more about Land Search and Rescue click here.

Groups delivering the WanderSearch programme

Each area in New Zealand has a Group that delivers the WanderSearch system to their community. There are three different types of groups, most are part of the local Land Search and Rescue organisation, others are either WanderSearch Trusts or part of the local Alzheimers Society. The groups providing WanderSearch are charitable organisations heavily reliant on volunteers and charitable funding.

The first Group to form a WanderSearch Trust was in Wellington in July 2012. The largest and one of the early adapters of the WanderSearch system is the WanderSearch Auckland Charitable Trust. Canterbury also has a trust, the WanderSearch Canterbury Charitable Trust.

There are six areas where the local Alzheimers Society manage the WanderSearch programme, these are in Taupo, Taranaki, Whakatane, Whanganui, Manawatu, and Central Otago. Generally there is a close connection between the Alzheimers staff/volunteers and the local Police and Land Search and Rescue groups.

The other Groups are made up of volunteers from the local Land Search and Rescue organisation. Typically there are two or three people that have an interest in WanderSearch and give freely of their time to manage the programme in their areas.