Call for more radio operators after a busy summer in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel

With the east coast of New Zealand enjoying a long hot summer, coastguard volunteers at the end of the radios and on the water have been busy. During the main holiday period, volunteers across the region responded to 184 incidents – with January 30 being the busiest day of the season.

As water activities continue to grow in popularity, Mount Maunganui-based Coastguard Communications East are now looking to increase the number of even more trained radio operators next summer.

Communications East Coordinator Heather Lawrence said volunteer radio operators are the lifeline of the Coast Guard, the link between our on-water volunteers, boaters and emergency services.

“As a radio operator, every day is different. One minute you could be taking trip reports from boaties and issuing weather reports, the next taking an incident call from the public and communicating closely with other agencies such as the police and St John’s to help save lives” , she said.

“Radio Operators are an integral part of our Coastguard family, so we want to welcome new team members who are passionate about maritime safety and supporting their local community.”

Ever thought you had a voice for the radio or wanted to be part of the team saving lives at sea? As a volunteer radio operator, individuals will be part of the National Communications Team: the primary point of contact for boaters and our rescue teams. All training is provided free of charge and Coastguard NZ VHF Radio Operator, Dayskipper and Boatmaster qualifications can be obtained free of charge. No experience necessary – all you need are sharp keyboarding skills and a good hearing!

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