Current Operational Wilderness Dogs 2017-08-11T09:45:25+00:00

OPERATIONAL WILDERNESS TEAMS – CURRENT 2017

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.

Name Dog Discipline Area Contact Number
Graeme Hill Gemma Tracking Hamilton | Waikato (027) 693 9918
Pete Gifford Kelly Area Search Palmerston North (021) 343 968
Rachel Procter Fledge – injured
Area Search Wellington | Palmerston North (021) 037 9381
Julian Smith Huey Tracking Wellington | Horowhenua | Wairarapa (021) 797 924
Larry Charles Ammo Tracking Murchison (03) 523 9946
Dave Krehic Enzo Tracking Christchurch (0275) 819 819
Duncan Hamilton Baxter Tracking West Coast (027) 224 2595
Rhys Martin Archie Tracking Hokitika (027) 205 0834
Murray Bowden Zeke Tracking Hinds | Ashburton (027) 541 6115
Dermot Mayock Fin Area Search Dunedin (027) 215 8838
Emma Milburn Dart Area Search Dunedin | Taieri (021) 146 5074
Sonia Evers Badger Tracking Dunedin (022) 624 1055

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.