OPERATIONAL WILDERNESS TEAMS – CURRENT 2019

Information for deploying a wilderness SAR dog:
Search dog mobilisation should be directed through the New Zealand Police, either local or by the 111 system – if however the dogs and handlers are deployed by other means, then the NZ Police should be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

NameDogDisciplineAreaContact Number
Mel CheseldineMoaiArea SearchNorthland(021) 192 0416
Pete GiffordKellyArea SearchPalmerston North(021) 343 968
Julian SmithHueyTrackingWellington | Horowhenua | Wairarapa(021) 797 924
Jonathan Fris – injured
Pixel
Area SearchNelson(027) 334 6698
Dave KrehicEnzoTracking & Area SearchChristchurch(0275) 819 819
Emma Milburn
DartArea SearchCanterbury(021) 146 5074
Murray BowdenZekeTrackingHinds | Ashburton(027) 541 6115
Duncan HamiltonBaxterTrackingWest Coast(027) 224 2595
Duncan HamiltonStevieTrackingWest Coast(027) 224 2595
Rhys MartinArchieTrackingHokitika(027) 205 0834
Sonia EversBadgerTrackingDunedin(022) 624 1055
Barry DoughertyRedArea SearchDunedin(022) 3235 199

Search dog mobilisation should be directed through the New Zealand Police, either local or by the 111 system – if however the dogs and handlers are deployed by other means, then the NZ Police should be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

Twice a year all LandSAR groups are provided with an up to date contact list of the operational wilderness SAR dogs. This list (as above)should be part of all groups’ operational folder so that the contact details are readily available. The teams are endorsed Tracking, Area Search or both.

At times dogs are an extremely useful search tool. They are particularly useful for finding non-responsive people and discarded articles, establishing the direction of travel, covering large areas quickly, and working at night and in difficult terrain, but remember they need to be considered early.

Get to know your nearest dog teams so that you can understand their abilities and limitations.

If in any doubt contact your nearest operational handler from the list above.