Outside of the Auckland Region, the Bay of Plenty is probably the most active boating area in the country.
Coastguard units around the country serve their local communities – and that is no different for the eight units in our area, from Whitianga in the north through Tairua, Whangamata, Waihi Beach, Tauranga, Maketu to Whakatane and Opotiki in the east.
All of our units are independent entities with their own management committees, volunteer boat crew and radio operators.
On top of the day-to day-operations, each unit needs to consider its equipment maintenance programme, volunteer recruitment strategy, training programme, in adherence to the national coastguard framework, and fundraising activities.
These are just some of the activities undertaken on a voluntary basis.
Across the eight units there are about 280 volunteers running five radio rooms and manning a total of 11 boats.
In any given year these people give thousands of volunteer hours in support of the coastguard cause.
And in many cases, there is considerable out of pocket costs associated with this work.
Every one of these volunteers does this because they believe in what their units do, and it’s their way of giving back to their communities while undertaking a rewarding and enjoyable vocation.
These units are in addition to the regional support office, currently located at Mount Maunganui, which also has a small number of radio operators running a back-up radio hub supporting those smaller units in the eastern region and further afield, as well as a number of paid support staff.
All of our Coastguard units encourage the boating public to support them.
Show them your support by making sure you join your local unit’s membership scheme, which is always excellent value in case you need their service.
And remember to make use of the radio services when you head out to sea – and, to close your trip report, so we know you are safely back.
We all want you to enjoy your day on the water and return home safely at the end of it.
Happy boating everyone and here’s to a great summer ahead of us.