Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue (KSAR)

2019 Charity Donations to KSAR

Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue (KSAR) will be the major charity to benefit from A Taste of Matarangi next year, with other organisations receiving donations depending on the funds raised at the annual festival.

KSAR is a volunteer search and rescue group based on the Coromandel Peninsula, covering an operational area from Hot Water Beach on the east coast to Tapu on the west coast, up to the tip of the peninsula including Mercury Bay and Coromandel town.

With around 30 volunteers including 20 First Response Field Searchers, the group was first formed in 2004 and has undertaken more than 120 search operations in its area and the greater Waikato, where it assists other Land SAR groups.

2018 has been KSAR’s busiest year to date with 10 search operations for lost, injured and deceased persons. One search operation involved 10 days of searching, more than 530 volunteer hours and multiple emergency service personnel.

The majority of KSAR volunteers are either self-employed or employed by local businesses and often have to take off valuable time from work and family to assist with search operations, training and fundraising.

The A Taste of Matarangi organising committee sees KSAR as a vital organisation in our community and is proud to be able to support its work through the festival.