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For any enquiries about USAR search dogs in NZ please complete the form below and we will get back to you soon.

If you are enquiring on training as a dog handler, you must be within 2 hours travel of the 3 training areas and USAR bases. These are situated in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

If you are interested in donating to the USAR Search Dog Assocaition please complete the form below and we will send you the bank account details.


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NZ USAR Search Dog Association


The Teams are split between 3 regions of New Zealand - Northern, Central and Southern. Read about our current and past handlers and search dogs.

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On Feburary 22 at 12:51pm a large earthquake struck close to Christchurch. The faultline that caused this quake was previously unknown and located under the picturesque Port Hills which overlook Christchurch. The two sides of the fault moved past each other about 1.5M and have caused approx 40cm height increase in the hills.

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NZ USAR Search Dog Association


USAR Search Dog handlers in New Zealand are all volunteers. They come from all sorts of backgrounds, from firefighters to computer programmers. What they share is basic fitness, the ability to work in a team, the desire to serve the wider community and a dedication to the development of USAR Search Dogs.

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