AREC at community events

Amateur Radio Emergency Communication (AREC) the public service arm of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) formed by members who are individually licensed amateur radio operators.

Welcome to AREC New Zealand

Welcome to Amateur Radio Emergency Communication (AREC). AREC is the public service arm of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) formed by members who are primarily individually licensed amateur radio operators. AREC provides skilled Volunteers enabling essential communications to support search and rescue, disaster response, and our community.
AREC’s legacy website and the technical information it contained is still available for a period of time at

Our Services


AREC provides a range of communications services covering the provision of highly trained, experience Volunteer radio operators delivering vital messaging services for search and rescue, civil emergencies and community events.

Training & Advice

AREC delivers high quality education, training and assessment of AREC volunteers and other partner organizations. Our volunteers deliver advice and guidance utilizing their extensive technical and operational knowledge.

Infrastructure & Equipment

AREC endeavours to provide and maintain suitable radio and communications technology equipment and infrastructure to enable our volunteers to provide a highly capable and responsive emergency communication service.


AREC’s 375 fully equipped Volunteers provide communications services for civil emergencies, search and rescue and community events.


Events attended by AREC + 126 SAR events


AREC groups


AREC volunteers


AREC partners

(NZSAR, RCC, Police, LandSAR,)

Latest News

Southland AREC

Tonight, we celebrate Southland AREC being recognized at the NZ Search and Rescue Awards. Brendon ZL4BDS was on hand to receive the certificate of achievement for the search for the
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Wet day at Dip Flat

It has been very wet, and now a bit cool at Dip Flat for the Police National SAR Course. AREC – Amateur Radio Emergency Communications providing Comms support with Christchurch and
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long standing AREC members being recognised

Years of radio communication have given one Balclutha man audio experiences for a lifetime. Balclutha local Cliff Gray recently received a life membership for his contribution to the South Otago’s
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Keeping in touch when it counts

Great article recognising all ‘Hams’ who supported Tairawhiti – Gisborne, through the worst devastation the region had seen in decades.  Ka mau te wehi!
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Join the adventure!

Join AREC as a volunteer

You will join a group and receive training to provide essential communications to support Search & Rescue, Disaster Response, and our community.

The sense of accomplishment helping locate a family's loved one cannot be beaten. As an AREC volunteer I enjoy the adventure, using and building my skillset, but most importantly the community
I joined AREC because I want to help my community. I enjoy building my technical skills and volunteering my time with a group of like-minded people. Terrance Shaw – AREC
I have been an amateur radio enthusiast for a number of years and find that through AREC I can give back to the community. As an avid motor sport fan,

Sponsors, Associates & Partners


1 week ago

AREC - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Amateur Radio Operators to mark day Gisborne made historyAmateur Radio Operators from the Gisborne Amateur Radio Club Branch 11 - AREC Tairāwhiti (from left) Scott Casley (GL - ZL2CAZ), Laura Jackson (ZL3LJ) and (front) Zachary Edwards, (ZL2GUN) will commemorate the achievement of pioneer Gisborne radio operator Ivan O'Meara, who made the first radio contact across the Pacific Ocean to a fellow “ham” 10,000km away in Argentina100 years.O’Meara’s achievement was reported not just in the Poverty Bay Herald but in international newspapers including the New York Times, which said the achievement was “claimed to be a world’s first!The Gisborne Amateur Radio Club invite the public to attend the commemorative event at EIT Tairāwhiti from 1000 hours on Saturday 18 May, 2024. ... See MoreSee Less
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Christchurch AREC at Surf SAR training/exercise at Wainui, Banks Peninsular All SAR Partners and other agencies involved. ... See MoreSee Less
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On Monday night Lindsey Ross, Regional Manager South visited the North Otago Amateur Radio Club. Once the business was done AREC Group Leaders Denis ZL4DB and Tony ZL4AW gave a demonstration on SAR Track. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

AREC - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Last Saturday Lindsey Ross, AREC Regional Manager South visited the Central Otago Amateur Radio Club where Bart ZL4FOX was giving a presentation on Winlink. The image in his presentation is of the shed where his newly installed ZL4RMS base is located. ... See MoreSee Less
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