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Search and Rescue (SAR) makes up a
large part of the work police are involved
in around this region. It is a complex area
involving the utilisation of many different
groups and individuals both professional
This is how it basically works; there are
two bodies in NZ which have the statutory
responsibility to control and co-ordinate SAR
NZ Police co-ordinate local level operations.
These are classified as Category I SAROPs.
They include land operations, river, lake and
close to shore marine operations.
The Rescue Co-ordination centre (RCCNZ)
based in Wellington controls Category
II SAROPs. These are co-ordinated at a
national level and include operations
associated with missing aircraft, off shore
marine (ranging into Antarctic waters and
the South Pacific) and Emergency Locator
Beacon operations (EPIRB). They may use
police or others to assist with co-ordination
at a local level.
In Fiordland a great deal of the work we do
is locating and uplifting injured trampers
and others from the national parks. The
widespread use of EPIRBs and other
methods of communications have seen
a trend of 'extracting' people rather than
'searching' for them. Te Anau deals with an
average of 70-80 incidents per year. The
busiest months are from October to May.
The busiest weeks are generally during the
Where the police are tasked with controlling
a SAR event, we have a ready range of
resources at our disposal.
We have the assistance of winch and long
line equipped rescue helicopters with
night vision capability. These are generally
crewed with a winch operator, St John staff
and/or doctor, and a police SAR member.
The type of job will dictate the make-up of
the crew. All the police based in Te Anau
are SAR trained and the nearest full police
SAR squads are based in Invercargill and
We also have a large number of
experienced volunteers who are members
of Fiordland Search and Rescue, a group
aligned to NZ Land SAR. They are used as
advisors, search managers or as searchers
in the field. We also have a response for
incidents on water and rely on civilian boats
and crews. We are grateful for the work of
all our partner agencies including DOC and
St John and the highly skilled pilots and
others we rely on to get the jobs done.
If you have skills and an interest to become
involved in land or marine SAR please drop
into your local police station and have a
As this is our last instalment for 2009,
thanks for all the support over the year.
I wish everyone the best over the festive
season. Don't drink and drive, use the
courtesy coaches available and keep safe.
Search and rescue
on the beat
As a fairly new recycler I am very dismayed
to find a complacent attitude towards
recycling among my fellow work colleagues
and friends. There seems to be a very clear
attitude of "why bother, as it is all going in
the general rubbish dump anyway"
Could I have it clarified by your readers
firstly -- do they strike the same
complacency ? and, secondly, What does
happen to the glass bottles. plastics and
so on, that I bother to take out to the dump
This is a waste of my time, money for petrol
to go out there if recycling is not being
carried out. Please give us the truth.
Now avid recycler
Cameron McIntosh, Southland District
Council Group Manager Services and
Southland District Council operates
recycling drop off centres across the
district. The first sorting process occurs
when the materials are dropped into
the appropriate bin. After collection, the
recycling streams are further sorted,
compacted and baled ready for sale.
The majority of the plastics, paper and
cardboard are exported, the metals
recycled within New Zealand and the glass
crushed for use as aggregate in pavement
There are sound reasons for a commitment
to recycling. Firstly reuse of materials helps
to conserve finite resources and reduces
our environmental footprint. The majority
of recycled material from Southland is
processed and prepared for export by
Southland Enterprise Inc., who provide an
excellent service and jobs for people who
may otherwise not be able to be employed.
Secondly, the Waste Minimisation Act 2008
provides strong direction to reduce the
volume of waste material going to landfill.
Recycling is the simplest way to achieve this
and is cheaper than landfill.
Across New Zealand the trend is towards
collection of recycling at the kerbside
and this is currently being evaluated for
Southland District Council. However, even
if wheelie bins are introduced for recycling,
drop off centres are likely to be provided
for residents whose properties are outside
I would like to thank all the Southland
residents that took part in the protest
against aerial poison drops in Te Anau on
Sunday 15th. With over 100 marching,
it has certainly proved many are uneasy
about pest control methods and poison use
in New Zealand.
The recent announcement by the
Department of Conservation of the
successful rat control outcome in the
Eglinton Valley has shown ground control
can work well.
PO Box 251
Te Anau 9640
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