Landsar’s own base
email@example.com The award-winning Wanaka Landsar team marked an important milestone on Saturday when its new $400,000 building on Ballantyne Rd was officially opened by the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae.
The building has been operating for several months but the incident management system was only installed last week, after further fundraising for the equipment.
Wanaka Landsar spokesman Phil Melchior said volunteers ‘‘have been raving about how easy it is’’ to organise search and rescue operations from the new facilities.
However the group cannot rest on its laurels now the building is complete.
Melchior said it was highly unlikely local Landsar organisations would ever receive central government funding. Efforts would continue to raise money for volunteer training, operating costs and maintenance.
‘‘If you look at the totality of police [funding], the amount of resources required for search and rescue is microscopic. There is no appetite for them to look at the overall set up,’’ he said.
Vuce-regal opening: The Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae presided over the official opening of Wanaka LandSar’s new building in Ballantyne Rd on Saturday. Watching are LandSAR NZ chief executive Harry Mayer; WaitakiMPJacqui Dean; QLDC deputy mayor Lyal Cocks; Rich Raynes (obscured); LandSAR Wanaka police co-ordinator Sergeant Aaron Nicholson; Kate Goodsell (obscured); Brent Arthur; Roy Bailey; Sue Aspinall (obscured); Geoff Hatten; Paul (Sparky) Marshall; Phil Melchior.