This morning’s Dominion Post has some fab publicity for New Zealand’s LandSAR organisation, derived from a couple of recent high profile incidents in the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges in the lower North Island.
The first article  profiles a couple of people who volunteer their time and expertise to work with Police who usually coordinate their types of searches. The second article  describes some of the mechanisms and processes of a systematic LandSAR operation in New Zealand, and a summarised history of how it came to be this way.
Both make worthwhile reading.
Various other links of relevance: New Zealand Land Search and Rescue , LandSAR Wellington , Police dog Thames found on High Ridge in the Tararuas , and Runner found in the Rimutaka Range .