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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.site
AREC’s legacy website and the technical information it contained is still available for a period of time at www.arec.site

Our Services

Communications

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.

Volunteers

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

264

Events attended by AREC + 126 SAR events

47

AREC groups
nationwide

375

AREC volunteers

8

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! https://www.criticalcomms.com.au/content/public-safety/article/radio-amateurs-respond-to-cyclone-gabrielle-249881583
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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,

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Fantastic day had by all at the MOTAT Live day in Auckland. Great to see all walks of life engaging with radio communications.
Thanks to our amazing volunteers who promoted AREC over the weekend.
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Fantastic day had by all at the MOTAT Live day in Auckland. Great to see all walks of life engaging with radio communications.
Thanks to our amazing volunteers who promoted AREC over the weekend.Image attachmentImage attachment

Gisborne’s AREC team recently came together on Sat 17 and Sun 18 February, along with our local Civil Defence and Emergency Management partners to participate in a SARTrack users course in Gisborne.

The training was led by CEO Don and Craig, and we all benefited from their experience.

On Sunday, everyone got to put the previous two day's learnings into action using the SARTrack platform.

Special thanks to EIT Tairāwhiti and New Zealand SAR for supporting this important training initiative.
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Gisborne’s AREC team recently came together on Sat 17 and Sun 18 February, along with our local Civil Defence and Emergency Management partners to participate in a SARTrack users course in Gisborne.

The training was led by CEO Don and Craig, and we all benefited from their experience.

On Sunday, everyone got to put the previous two days learnings into action using the SARTrack platform.

Special thanks to EIT Tairāwhiti and New Zealand SAR for supporting this important training initiative.
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Summer Snow... A tale of two days!

Last Saturday on a relatively sunny day Christchurch AREC Group Leader Don MacDonald lead the radio communications for the Alpine SAREX at the Craigieburn Valley Ski Area.

On Sunday morning they woke to an early taste of winter.

Thanks to Don and Steve Davis for the photos.
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Summer Snow... A tale of two days!

Last Saturday on a relatively sunny day Christchurch AREC Group Leader Don MacDonald lead the radio communications for the Alpine SAREX at the Craigieburn Valley Ski Area.

On Sunday morning they woke to an early taste of winter.

Thanks to Don and Steve Davis for the photos.Image attachment

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