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Hopes it will soon be Ra versus wild

Queenstown Lakes Article (May 5) Four-year-old Ra might not come with a GPS function, night vision goggles or the power of flight....[read more]

An avalanche has swept through a popular ski run

Article by the Southland Times - Sept 10, 2012 An avalanche has swept through a popular ski run, an unknown number of people are buried and time is fast running out to find them alive. The LandSAR Avalanche Search Dog Team handler must quickly appraise the situation, ...[read more]

Search finds family lost in bush

Article by Sunlive - Posted at 11:57am Sunday 15th Jul, 2012 | By Phillipa Yalden A family that became lost in the bush while walking in the Kaimai Ranges has been found safe and well....[read more]

Conditions test dogs and handlers

Otago Daily Times (Spetember 21, 2011) Changeable snow conditions challenged search and rescue dogs and their handlers taking part in the annual LandSAR avalanche assessment camp at the Snow Farm at the weekend. ...[read more]

Dumped pooch now a lifesaver

The Northern Advocate (November 2010) Anu was found wriggling in a sack dumped on the side of a rural Northland road. Now the rescued canine has a future rescuing missing people. The energetic 14-month-old huntaway border collie cross has shown he has all the basic skills that could see him become the region's first trained wilderness area search dog. ...[read more]

Sika's nose knows how to find the missing.

Christchurch Press (Monday May 31st, 2010) - An Oxford family involved in search and rescue for three generations is celebrating its latest achievement. ...[read more]

Snow challenge for dogs and handlers

Otago Daily Times - Sept 12, 2010 Search dog Stig and his handler Dave Krehic uncover a buried "patient" during the Pisa Range exercise at the weekend. Photo by Rhonda Van Rooden. An award-winning LandSAR dog team swapped the familiar bush-clad terrain of the high country for the snow-covered mountains around Wanaka at the weekend as they sought to join an exclusive club of avalanche rescue accredited specialists....[read more]

Avalanche Dogs put through paces

Southland Times (August 30, 2010) Dogs and handlers descended upon the Snowfarm skifield near Wanaka over the weekend for the annual assessment camp for avalanche dogs. ...[read more]