Current Operational Wilderness Dogs 2018-05-17T11:20:39+00:00

OPERATIONAL WILDERNESS TEAMS – CURRENT 2018

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
Mel Cheseldine Moai Area Search Northland (021) 192 0416
Graeme Hill Gemma – injured
Tracking Hamilton | Waikato (027) 693 9918
Pete Gifford Kelly Area Search Palmerston North (021) 343 968
Julian Smith Huey Tracking Wellington | Horowhenua | Wairarapa (021) 797 924
Jonathan Fris – injured
Pixel
Area Search Nelson (027) 334 6698
Dave Krehic Enzo Tracking Christchurch (0275) 819 819
Duncan Hamilton Baxter Tracking West Coast (027) 224 2595
Duncan Hamilton Archie Tracking West Coast (027) 224 2595
Duncan Hamilton Stevie Tracking West Coast (027) 224 2595
Rhys Martin Archie Tracking Hokitika (027) 205 0834
Murray Bowden Zeke Tracking Hinds | Ashburton (027) 541 6115
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.