Emergency and Safety Information
- You can call search and rescue direct on 0508 ACCIDENT (0508 222433). In the vast majority of cases, this is your fastest way to get help.
- As in an any emergency you can always dial 111 to get help. Unless you are in an urban setting where you have a street address ask for police to activate search and rescue.
- You will not be charged for emergency call outs for rescue or medical treatment for any injuries from an accident. It’s covered by ACC
For more information, read this document Emergency – who to call
- Check weather forecasts. Our conditions change fast.
- New Zealand has many remote areas that are not serviced by roads or cell phone networks. Carry an emergency beacon or satellite tracker.
- Make sure you have good maps or download offline maps to your phone.
- Know how to give your location to rescuers.
Reporting Accidents and Incidents
Report Accidents or Incidents on the NZHGPA Accident and Incident Reporting System (AIRS).
There is no shame or blame is having an accident, near miss or incident.
If the occurrence is an “accident” as defined under CAA rules part 12 then the pilot or operator must inform CAA as soon as practicable by calling 0508 ACCIDENT (0508 222 433), followed by the Club Safety Officer.
Pilots are required to fill in an AIRS report within 10 days after an accident and 14 days after an incident. If you are unsure what to do, ask your Club Safety Officer for guidance. See below for our list of Club Safety Officers.
Information entered here will be recorded on the NZHGPA database and made available for reporting and analysis. Identifying information will be removed before public release.
The information is provided for statistical and safety information only and is not used for enforcement investigation or disciplinary action unless the safety of other people or property has been put in unnecessary danger or if false information is supplied. This is in line with the principle of Just culture.
Paragliding and hang gliding are incredibly thrilling and safety is paramount to the success of these sports in New Zealand. Here, you will find links to official safety notices released by equipment manufacturers and DHV.
NZHGPA also now have an Equipment Defect form. This is for reporting defects such as incorrectly fitted safety equipment, unrated or damaged hardware, or unacceptable repairs. This information will go to the NZHGPA Safety team for follow up.
Affiliated Club Safety Officers:
HG: Mark Patton – 021 619 279
PG: Steve O’Shaughnessy