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NZSAR Award Recipients and Award Details

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Award Recipients and Award Details
Embargoed until 6 pm Tuesday 13 May 2014

2013 New Zealand Search and Rescue Council Awards
On Tuesday 13 May 2014, Associate Transport Minister Hon Michael Woodhouse will present the 2013 New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council Awards. These awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievements in Search and Rescue nationwide.

Background Information on the recipients’ achievements, NZSAR and the Awards is attached.

Representatives from the New Zealand Police, Rescue Coordination Centre, AREC, New Zealand Coastguard, LandSAR, Surf Life Saving New Zealand along with other Search and Rescue sector organisations will be in attendance.
Those receiving awards are:

Gold Award – Operational Activity

The NZSAR Gold Award for Operational Activity is awarded for a very significant contribution to search and rescue in the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region during 2013.

Marius Bron
Jonathan Hattrell
Richard Bottomley
Sam Innes
From South Westland Alpine Cliff Rescue - For the Explorer Glacier rescue on 7 March 2013

Certificates of Achievement – Operational Activity

The NZSAR Certificates of Achievement for Operational Activity are awarded for an important contribution to search and rescue in the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region, during 2013.

Antarctica NZ
United States Antarctic Programme
For the response to the Twin Otter Air Accident in the Queen Alexandra Range on 23 January 2013
Sunset Beach Surf Life Saving Club
For the rescue of ten rock fishermen on 1 April 2013

Peter Craig
Katherine Craig
Matthew Craig
From the Whakatane Surf Life Saving Club
For the rescue of two divers at Otarawairere Bay on 10 August 2013

Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation
3 Squadron, RNZAF
Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue
Taranaki LandSAR
For their efforts during Operation Labour on Mt Taranaki, 26-29 October 2013

John Goldswain
Colin Larsen
Michael Hall
David Huntley
From Life Flight Trust
For the rescue of crew from the Sea Wanderer in the Cook Strait on 6 January 2013

Certificates of Achievement - Support Activity

The NZSAR Certificates of Achievement for Support Activity are awarded for an important contribution to search and rescue in the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region, either over an extended period or during 2013.

Chris Astle
Nicola Hockley
Rachel MacKenzie
From Coastguard Canterbury
For their efforts in developing training material for Coastguard New Zealand

Surf Life Saving New Zealand
For the Coastal Risk Management project at Hot Water Beach


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