Wanaka rescuers make their mark in competition
The Wanaka search and rescue competition attracted up to 60 people in eight teams hailing from Wanaka, Dunedin, the Catlins and Stewart Island.
Incident management team coordinator Jean Kenney said the teams were scored on their abilities in helicopter safety, tracking, navigation, river crossings, search methods, foundation rope rescue, pack checking, radio protocol and first aid.
The competition, which was the first time the event was held in Wanaka and was based from the Aspiring Helicopter headquarters, included tasks in the Mt Aspiring National Park. Sunny weather conditions had provided a great backdrop for the event and Wanaka made the most of their home ground, winning the event and taking home the Tautuku Cup.
Dunedin was placed second, followed by Stewart Island in third.