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Safer rescues in Paeroa thanks to the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

  • May 12, 2018
  • 2 min read

Paeroa Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) can take part in brighter searches and safer rescues thanks to the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

From left: Volunteers Jeremy Gamble, Oli Polson, and Darren van der Wetering after a successful rescue in January 2018


It’s the first time the volunteers have applied for funding, purchasing eight cliff protection kits and 10 LED torches with a 350-metre range to help with Police call outs for missing people.

"Our team of 14 covers a large area from the Karangahake Gorge, south through the Kaimais, and we also regularly offer our support to neighbouring areas,"

says volunteer Sarah Daroux, who has been part of search and rescue teams in both New Zealand and Canada for five years.

"Callouts usually happen at night when a party hasn’t returned home, so we’re out in some pretty mountainous terrain in the dark doing our best to return people to their loved ones."

Paeroa LandSAR relies heavily on fundraising and makes up funding shortfalls by dipping into their own pockets to buy rescue equipment.

"Our volunteers are all great, like-minded people who are either keen hunters or trampers and are committed to giving back to the community to keep them safe," says Sarah.

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The untamed Kaimai Ranges are popular with hikers but can sometimes lead to challenging rescues.

This grant is fantastic because it lets us perform our searches as safely as possible, whether it’s in an area where there’s the potential to fall or it’s late into the night.

Sarah Daroux, LandSAR volunteer