Our Values

We give 100% effort to the task at hand and complete it to the best of our ability.
We do not wait to be asked and in our decisions and actions we are accountable.
The member is the group and the group is the member.
We see the humour in all adversity that we may face.
None of us shall see him or herself above the needs of the group.

Mission Statement

Hamilton SAR Group provides highly competent and operationally focused teams
that are well led, trained and equipped.


Elton Parata
Gilbert Southworth
Gin Peck
Membership Coordinator
E ninandnim@xtra.co.nz
Matt Hassard
Operations Coordinator
E snapperassasin@xtra.co.nz
Russell Lamb
Dave Pitchford
Police Rep
Jake Crosby
Newsletter (Non-committee)

Meeting Location Changedimportant

17th October, 7:30pm, Richmond Park School, Bader Street. It is the second class on from the left when facing the school.

  • We will have a session on radio protocols, channels and phonetic calls.
  • Elton will present membership criteria and progression through the group.
  • We will discuss the upcoming training weekend at Kaniwhaniwha on 29th October

Last Months Meeting

  • Second part of the Decision Points exercise.



  • If you are going away: Contact Gin with the dates you are unavailable.
  • If you are unable to attend a training: Contact Matt Hassard.
  • If you are unable to attend a meeting: Contact Gin or a committee member.

Pager Test Message

Reminder for all those members with pagers. The first of every month a test message is sent out to ensure your pager is operational, if you do not receive this message you should contact Matt.

Personal Details

Contact Russell if there are any changes to your contact details so the callout list is updated. Change of email address also needs to be passed on to Jake for the newsletter.

Monthly Training Thursday 27th October

Starting 5:30pm. The venue is yet to be decided but it will be on the east side of town. If you would like anything specific covered at one of the trainings please let Matt know.

Overnight exercise

All the monthly trainings are going to be put into practice on an overnight exercise the weekend after Labour weekend. Starting at midday Saturday the 29th October to midday Sunday the 30th at Kaniwhaniwha, Mt Pirongia. There will be a BBQ on Saturday evening. Please advise Matt of your attendance.

Radio Voice Procedures Manualnew

This manual has been put out by LandSAR NZ. It has been developed with input from experienced LandSAR members and with input from AREC. An electronic copy of the LandSAR Radio Voice Procedures Manual is available on the website at the LandSAR webiste resources section

LandSAR plan to have a limited quantity made available in hard copy, however this is subject to funding. To accompany this document, the “frequently used messages” have been developed into an aide-memoire that will be included with the notebook covers and aide-memoire package that will be distributed to Groups before the end of the year. if you have any questions about the attached manual, please drop Ross Browne (National Training Coordinator) a line.

LED Lenser discountnew

LED Lenser are offering LandSAR members some very good discounts on three of their torch models.

  • P14 (Handheld, 4xAA)
  • H14 (Head torch, 4xAA)
  • X21 (Handheld, equivalent of 7 P14s, 4xD batteries)

Check out the LED Lenser website for technical specifications.

Contact Russell Lamb (ra-lamb@xnet.co.nz) for further info or to place an order. Orders need to be combined and sent to LandSAR National Office with full payment before 20th October, so get in touch with Russell ASAP.

Bush to Beach Half Marathonnew

Organised by Kuaotunu SAR, Coromandel Peninsula, as a fundraiser for their group.

  • 22km and 7km options
  • Saturday 21st April 2012
  • The event is open to runners and walkers
  • visit bushtobeach.org.nz to register and see the detailed race map

Strategic Frameworknew

The Hamilton SAR Group Strategic Framework is now set in place and is available on our website at hsar.org.nz/media/strategic_framework.docx

Missing Radionew

Could everyone please check your packs, and gear for the missing radio: HnSAR39.


Standby Sunday 1st October to assist Tauranga on a Search for a missing 18 year old hunter near Thomson's track, Kaimais. He was located via cellphone about 1.30pm on the Sunday and we were stood down later that afternoon.

For Sale

  • Backcountry ration packs – with breakfast, lunch, dinner and extras pack (tea, coffee, chocolate etc.). They are a bargain at $20. Remember – these are sold to our group at this special rate on the understanding that they will only be used during SAREXs or SAR Operations.
  • Hamilton SAR cloth badge, $6.00 contact Russell
  • Whistles – Bright and Loud, $12 contact Barry

Discounts for Members

  • R&R Sport – 25% Ask for Wayne Addison.
  • Trek 'n' Travel – 20%
  • Bivouac Outdoor – 20%
  • Macpac Hamilton – up to 30%
  • Torpedo 7 – 10% Email Barry for discount code.
  • Kathmandu – Free summit club membership


The calendar is now available at hsar.org.nz/calendar. This will be keep up to date so you can reffer to it at any time. There are several new and updated events on the calendar since last months newsletter so please check it out.