Our vision

"Helping others save lives" through a centre of Search and Rescue excellence.

What does this mean?
  • Our core focus is on helping others to be readyand able to respond in their communities' time of need.
  • Our focus is excellence - because every emergency responder, regardless of position, deserves the very best to enable and empowerthem to do their job.
SARINZ specialises in both customised and structured training. Our services are responsive. Our solutions are agile. Our results generate improved performance and speak for themselves. We are about developing and building value in other people's people. However SARINZ is not just about skills, SARINZ is also about responsibility, a responsibility to empower the change and development of people. Each year we train New Zealander's to be able to respond in their community's time of need. It is this building of community resilience, through communities being able to care for themselves, that ultimately is our greatest outcome.

Who is SARINZ?

SARINZ are New Zealand's independent charitable organisation for best practice search and rescue. We focus on providing volunteer emergency response professionals, SAR practitioners and outdoor enthusiasts with the skills, knowledge and capabilities to help bring lost parties home sooner, safely and with increased probability of success. We deliver training and undertake research and development that creates an internationally credible, effective and efficient emergency response capability in New Zealand (and around the world). We are independent, non-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular, and are New Zealand's international training centre of search and rescue excellence.

SARINZ exists to 'help others save lives'. This mantra drives everything we do. SARINZ exists to support other agencies get to where they need to go - not only faster, but more importantly smarter. SARINZ is widely regarded around the world for its provision of user friendly, customised training to meet specific operational outcomes. As a registered charity, any profit after expenses MUST be reinvested into SAR. This means that when you seek our help you win twice. Firstly in getting high quality outputs to meet your needs and again by supporting the on-going research capabilities of the SAR sector. Helping SARINZ helps us to better meet the sector's needs.
Strategic Goals

Strategic Goals


The purposes of SARINZ are to:

  • Provide education, training and assessment for the purposes of developing and retaining an internationally credible, effective and efficient land based search and rescue capability throughout NZ;
  • Further educate the public in matters related to search and rescue, and to utilise the outdoors in a safe manner;
  • Undertake research and development activities to ensure that SAR practice and decision-making processes are well founded and in accordance with international best practices;
  • Provide independent operational planning support and technical guidance for search, rescue and recovery operations where required.
The not-for-profit Trust and the charitable operating Company (SARINZ Group) were established in 2002 to provide for the above purposes. 2016 marks our fourteenth successful year in operation. As the designers of resources, deliverers of training solutions and advocates of best practice SAR, our goal is to help others establish a level of operational competence, improve emergency response capabilities and boost operational effectiveness. SARINZ are regarded by many as the preeminent land based SAR authority on training and best practice land based SAR.

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