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


Some photos of the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) services display during today’s Emergency Services Expo hosted by Te Papa Museum on Wellington’s Waterfront.Fantastic day, the huge crowd and that great support from Daniel Liddle, Brendon Clarke, Peter Ritchie, Ross Pedder, Ray Harkness, Annalise Mokalei-Smith, John Murphy and Simon Osborne made it a successful event. Absolutely, the best part was seeing the kids turn up to operate the Morse Code training unit, PRS handheld radios and tracking down the Te Papa MC and his endless supply of AREC lollies using the WanderSearch tracking device.Thank you once again for your time and service. ... See MoreSee Less
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Otago AREC Members are once again proudly supporting the Otago Rally this weekend. Things are looking under control in Rally HQ this morning. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

AREC - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
AREC HB volunteers from Hastings and Napier work tirelessly alongside the local Police to assist in an overnight Mini-SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) involving an overdue fisherman and LandSAR field teams in the Whirinaki / Tangoio area (5-6 Apr, 24).This is another great example of interoperability between SAREM partners. ... See MoreSee Less
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