Check out the latest from YSAR New Zealand


Check out the latest from YSAR New Zealand


The YSAR Training Program consists of 3 year modules

Youth Search and Rescue is an innovative organization which equips young people with the necessary skills to enable safe practice in search and rescue and emergency management


Youth Search and Rescue trains youth with the necessary skills to enable safe practice and emergency response.


Keep up to date with all key YSAR activities and events by registering for our calendar updates.


To apply to become a member of YSAR, you must be aged between 14 and 16 years, find out more here.


YSAR is supported by a range of partners. Our Strategic partners are essential, find out more here.


YSAR operates thanks to the assistance from our supporters, we have several ways to donate. Donations are tax deductible.


Discover innovative and exciting opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Search and Rescue – Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)

FLIR Systems FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems,...
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Exciting Development in Dementia Tracking _ YSAR Research and Development Project

YSAR Students - Research and Development opportunity for dementia patient tracking - leading technology Hi Team. I am wanting to put a YSAR Student working group together to look into some new technology that is coming available which could be used for Dementia...
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Weekend Training at YSAR – Here’s a good example of what we do

Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR)Training Weekend We have 8 full weekend training exercises a year and a 5 day SAREX at the end of the year. This weekend is a typical monthy training exercise. Scroll back through our photo library to have a look at what we do....
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YSAR Tauranga Youth head to Australia to speak at International SAR Conference

Four Bay teenagers will soon be telling the world about their trailblazing success using new technology in search and rescue. Abbie Chaytor, Alex Groos, Jack Niles and Taylor Peacock from Tauranga-based Youth Search and Rescue, will fly to the Gold Coast next month to...
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Inspire me through Youth Search and Rescue – Keen and Able

Search and Rescue Preplan project 2017 - Mapping the Kaimai Ranges for Search and Rescue Incident Management Teams. The team at YSAR are conducting a prototype of a Search and Rescue and Emergency Management Preplan utilising the ESRI ArcGIS Online mapping with...
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Abbie and Alex – Winners of the Change Maker category at the NZ Youth Awards 2017

Abbie and Alex were nominated for the work they are doing in the Search and Rescue Preplanning project with Eagle Technology Group. The work that they are doing is set to be a template for SAR preplans in NZ and provides valuable information to Search and Rescue...
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2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

The 2017 Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast from 22 - 23 May 2017 and will provide a forum to address planning, response and innovative techniques in management of disasters, emergencies and hazards. The Conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to...
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2017 Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR)

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast from the 22 – 23 May 2017. The two Conferences have come together to form a partnership by aligning the dates of the events, offering the two sectors the...
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Young Guns – YSAR Feature in Wilderness Magazine

Teens in Tauranga are learning search and rescue skills to help diversify an aging volunteer base.There’s a trend among search and rescue volunteers. They tend to be mostly male and over 40. Steve Campbell, who has decades of experience in search and rescue...
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S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. We believe that STEM skills are essential for the future of Search and Rescue and Emergency Management and our young people are the ones who will integrate new innovation as best practice.
Being involved in YSAR has opened so many doors for me. It helped me develop the confidence, discipline, strength and character that enables me to reach my goals. YSAR only built and strengthened my love for the outdoors and through the training and knowledge I have received through the programme, I am able to give it the respect it deserves. I have been pushed to my limits mentally physically and emotionally and have had the time of my life. I’ve achieve things I never imagined I could accomplish and the people you do it with are friends for a lifetime, I cannot recommend it to enough people. Laura Geraerts




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