Piha Rescue

7:30pm Monday, January 21 on TV One

TV ONE fan favourites Piha Rescue and Rapid Response return with brand new seasons!

The action steps up in Piha Rescue, as the brave lifeguards head to a brand new location – Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Hot Water Beach hides dangerous currents and rips that make it the country’s most treacherous beach. Last year alone, lifeguards performed over 100 rescues there.

Then, don’t miss an inside glimpse into the daily challenges St John ambulance staff face.

Rapid Response explores diverse and moving real-life medical emergency stories straight from our homes, workplaces and streets.

7:30pm Monday, February 20 on TV One

TV ONE’s Piha Rescue continues with more heart-stopping, nail-biting action as the Kiwi heroes who volunteer their time over summer keep us safe.

Tonight, a capsized boat in Raglan sparks a major emergency; an after-hours rescue turns from bad to worse; and two boaties are missing at the Raglan Bar.

Missed an episode of Piha Rescue? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

7:30pm Monday, February 13 on TV One

TV ONE’s Piha Rescue continues with more heart-stopping, nail-biting action as the Kiwi heroes who volunteer their time over summer keep us safe.

Tonight, a husband is missing in front of Lion Rock. Lifeguards lose sight of their man, and a body is spotted floating in the rip.

Missed an episode of Piha Rescue? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

Photo: Piha Rescue lifeguards at the ready.

7:30pm Monday, January 16 on TV One

TV ONE’s Piha Rescue returns with more heart-stopping, nail-biting action as the Kiwi heroes who volunteer their time over summer keep us safe.

Again this season, the Piha life guards will lend a hand to the understaffed team at Raglan, and the Piha Rescue cameras will be there.

The guards at Raglan are kept busy every minute of the day, with unpredictable flash rips which occur in an instant, and often inside the flagged area. With hundreds of people swimming between the flags in the peak season, mass rescues are an all too common occurrence.

The notorious Raglan rip catches both inexperienced and advanced kite surfers off-guard, and with the best surfing spot a kilometre from the patrolled area, it’s always a race against time to find the victims and haul them to safety.

Missed an episode of Piha Rescue? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

8:00pm Monday, January 17 on TV One

Situated on Auckland’s picturesque West Coast, Piha continues to be one of New Zealand’s most popular beaches, with its combination of black sand, great surf and glorious scenery. But the West Coast beaches of New Zealand are unpredictable and potentially deadly if not treated with caution and respect and Piha is no exception.

In episode one massive surf and unpredictable rips create havoc for the lifeguards; a young girl gets caught in jellyfish; and two women go under in front of the Pakiti rocks.

This season also features, a visit from the lifeguards of Huntington Beach in the USA; the annual Piha Big Wave Classic sees the biggest surf anyone can remember; the fast and furious Super-Cat races; and the Piha lifesavers take a trip to Raglan to help out.

What can we expect from TV One in 2011?  Well, it appears as though the experiment of 2010 has been done away with and the edginess has gone and it’s returned to solid 25-54 programming.

Check out the trailers below.  Unfortunately, the kiwi shows don’t have trailers on YouTube, yet (nudge, nudge, wink, wink @TV2Boy!).

New Shows


Body of Proof


Harry’s Law


Winners and Losers


Suspect Behaviour

Spicks and Specks 

New Local Shows
North – The sequel to Marcus Lush’s highly acclaimed South
Masterchef Masterclasses
Nothing Trivial – from the creators of Go Girls
Do or Die – confronting Kiwi’s with bad health habits
Politicians at Work
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers
Family Feud

Returning Shows
Packed to the Rafters
Undercover Boss
Criminal Minds
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Returning Local Shows 
One News
Close Up
Intrepid Journeys
The Investigator
Beyond the Darklands
Fair Go
Animal Rescue
Piha Rescue
Real Life
Real Crime 

8:00pm Monday, October 5 on TV One

Thousands of visitors flock to Piha in the summer months to enjoy the sand, surf, and wild terrain. However, many of those who visit the idyllic beach find themselves in desperate need of a lifeguard, as fickle water conditions make for dangerous circumstances.

Now in its sixth season, Piha Rescue (tonight at 8pm on TV ONE) brings the summertime action at Piha, right into viewers’ living rooms. This season, the lifeguards are as busy as ever with record numbers of people visiting the beach. When the surf’s up and the crowd is huge, it is hard work keeping everyone safe.

The majority of the lifeguards at the beach are volunteers who put in the hard yards to keep Kiwis safe in the water. They are required to have physical and mental strength, good people skills, quick reactions and the ability to cope with extreme levels of stress. The club also hits a milestone this season, reaching 75 years of service, and Piha Rescue was there to join in the celebrations.

Piha Rescue producer Eric Derks says, “Each year I am surprised at how quickly Piha beach can change from a calm, safe spot for swimmers and surfers, into a dangerous current, which is only suitable for the strongest swimmers amongst us – giving the rest only seconds to get to safety.”

A frightening new trend noticed by the guards this season, is the increase in small children left to their own devices in the water. Children are defenceless once they drift into the rips and on some patrols the guards save life after life, while the parents remain oblivious.

Also this series, the first aid room sees its fair share of emergencies, and there’s a welcome return for the Piha surf boat crews, who compete on the national circuit, and travel to France to compete in the (unofficial) World Championships.

Episode one sees guards work hard to save a man from drowning as extraordinary surf wreaks havoc between the flags, and a family has a terrifying ordeal.

Monday 25 August, from 7.30pm

Piha Rescue, now in its fifth year, follows the efforts of the volunteer lifeguards at New Zealand’s busiest beach – Piha. Starting tonight at 7.30pm on TV ONE, this season sees heart-pumping action as the lifeguards maintain a constant vigil in order to prevent many tragedies on this wild stretch of coast.

Piha senior lifeguard Greg Wilson says despite initial concern the show might deter Kiwis visiting the beach, increased numbers of people seem to visit Piha every year: “The show has definitely increased people’s awareness about swimming between the flags, but people I talk to who aren’t involved with lifeguarding or surf orientated, are always surprised at how many idiots there are out there who are still willing to risk their lives by not taking some basic advice.”
With swimming no longer compulsory at school and increased numbers of migrants entering New Zealand, Wilson says, “More and more people don’t know how to swim, which means more trouble at the beaches, it’s really just a lot of tragedies waiting to happen”.

Starting as a teenager, initially interested in the sporting side of surf lifesaving, Wilson has been patrolling the beach for more than 16 years. “It’s not for everyone, it involves a serious commitment, but it’s good fun. That really sums it up, there’s a good sense of family, good sense of pride in what you do, you are doing a good thing, with a bunch of like-minded people and primarily out there to have fun.”

He explains how Piha Rescue has increased awareness of surf lifesaving nationwide. “It’s really just opening people’s eyes and showing there is a fun side to it, it’s not all super serious. That is what Piha Rescue has really gone out of its way to portray – that we are not just lifeguards, there’s a lifestyle behind it all and it’s been really good for the movement.”

For Wilson, different lifeguard incidents stand out for different reasons: “You’ve got the tragedies of course that are always at the top of you mind – the horrific sort of stuff that you have to deal with. The drownings, the families of the drowned people, the blood and guts stuff, they are always the most vivid memories. The success stories are great, but you do so many of the successful rescues that it only takes one unsuccessful one to really stand out.”

For the younger lifeguards starting out, Wilson believes it’s important for them to realise what a difference they have made after a successful rescue.

Episode one sees a guard badly injured and a critical after-hours emergency – it’s a race against time when a patient isn’t breathing.

Also starting tonight on TV ONE at 8pm is the Australian factual series The Force. Join the cops who patrol the mean streets of Western Australia and experience the raw reality of life as a police officer. These cops are no strangers to crime – from drug raids to domestic disputes, these law enforcers have seen it all. Hosted by Simon Reeve, The Force captures the action behind each story, from the investigation and arrest, to the conviction – the reactions from the police, the accused, and even their loved ones, give viewers a full picture of events.

Piha Rescue
Monday 3 September, 7.30pm

Piha is the one of the busiest surf beaches in New Zealand. Thousands of visitors flock here every summer to enjoy the sun, sand, surf, and wild terrain. But many of these people are caught unaware by the silent dangers at Piha – the rips, waves and rocks. Filmed with several water and beach cameras, the fourth series of ‘Piha Rescue’ once again brings the action from the beach right into viewers’ living rooms (tonight on TV ONE at 7.30pm).

Being a lifeguard at Piha takes physical and mental strength, good people skills, quick reactions in dangerous situations and the ability to cope with extreme levels of stress. The majority of lifeguards at Piha are volunteers, donating their time to the community, but the rescues often take them well above and beyond the call of duty.
Sunset is often a tense time of day at Piha, especially when several boat crews are out desperately searching for a swimmer. While everyone else heads home for the evening, the lifeguards don wetsuits and race to locate swimmers – before they drown.

Lifeguard Greg Wilson says, “Finding a swimmer out beyond the breakers at dusk is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But we’re compelled to find that swimmer – it’s in our blood, our lifeguard creed. That’s why we don’t often get to pack up patrol until well into the evening.”

‘Piha Rescue’ also features the Piha surfboat crews, who bravely tackle waves the size of houses – and survive, but not without risking life, limb and boat.

The lifeguards at Piha act with passion and believe they can make a difference – and they do. They are local heroes who give up their spare time for no financial incentive, only satisfaction in a job well done and an intangible obligation to help the people who visit their beach. Going to the beach is part of the Kiwi culture but the water demands respect. ‘Piha Rescue’ offers lessons in water safety, as well as high-action rescues and human drama.

On the first episode tonight, the lifeguards at Piha desperately try to reach a motionless person who is laying face-down on rocks in front of Camel Rock.

I am so annoyed that Piha Rescue has stopped airring!

The new AttitudeTV programme is really cool and I’ll happily watch that instead but WHY did Piha Rescue finish!? They were halfway through the season and this is the time of year when it’s most interesting to watch, especially if I am on patrol that afternoon 🙁
I emailed TVNZ to ask and they said that they were sorry- IT’S NOT FAIR!

Does anybody else watch Piha Rescue or is it just me?