We are based at the Mana Cruising Club / Mana Marina on the North Island west coast just up the road from Wellington. Our area of responsibility covers the Mana inshore recreational area and the northern end of Cook Strait across to the top of the Marlborough Sounds.
The Unit operates two rescue vessels. Our principle vessel is a 12.5m Rayglass Protector. The second vessel is a 5.8m Naiad rigid inflatable (RIB).
Trust Porirua Rescue
Our main rescue vessel, Trust Porirua Rescue, is currently on loan to us from Coastguard New Zealand to replace the ageing Waveney class lifeboat that we have used since 1998 (see below). We are currently fundraising for a new vessel (we only have access to the loan vessel until 2013) and would appreciate any support we can get.
The 5.8m Naiad RIB was purchased new from Naiad and entered service in December 2006. It was purchased so the Unit could provide a fast response to vessels in distress or difficulties in the Mana inshore marine area, and to cover the areas of Porirua Harbour that Trust Porirua Rescue can not reach due to her draft.
crew / volunteers
Our 'active crew' members include ex Navy and Police, business people, software developers and students. Most of them have families of their own and are often pleasure boaties or fishermen - not that that is a requirement. All are volunteers who live locally and who are dedicated to saving lives at sea. All understand how easy it is to get into trouble at sea and need outside help. All volunteers have good knowledge of the local area and sea conditions and are fully trained in this aspect.
Coastguard provides liaison and training such as Day Skipper, Boatmaster and VHF courses to enhance people's knowledge of boating and the sea.
The Waveney is an ex RNLI lifeboat that started services as, Life boat 44-017 "The Nelsons of Donghadee" in 1976. Over the next 21 years service around the UK coastline she carried out 230 callouts and saved 74 lives before being retired and sold to restart a new chapter in her life in New Zealand.