Piha Rescue

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Piha Rescue
Genre Factual
Written by Elizabeth Donnelly
Directed by Elizabeth Donnelly
Anja Janse
Eric Derks
Starring Piha Surf Life Saving Club lifeguards
Narrated by John Sumner
No. of seasons 12
Producer(s) Eric Derks
Elizabeth Donnelly
Editor(s) Sam Lynch
Production company(s) South Pacific Video
Original network TV One, Prime
Original release 2001 – 2017
Piha Lifeguards. 2009
Piha IRB with Fallen Rocks in Background

Piha Rescue[1] is a New Zealand reality series following the daily actions of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club[2] lifeguards on the famous Piha surf beach. Piha is one of the most rugged West Coast beaches near Auckland.

Piha Rescue started its lifespan with filming commencing for the first time in the summer of 2001, followed by a one-hour documentary airing December 2002 (aired as Piha Patrol); making it the first reality show in the world following lifeguards.

In 2003 the first series screened on Television New Zealand followed by a further ten; with the final (12th) series screened on Prime in 2016 and 2017.[3] Screened in New Zealand as Piha Rescue, it has also been sold around the world under various titles, such as Deadly Surf and Surf Rescue.

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  1. ^ Phia Guardians of the Iron Sands - The First 75 Years of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club, (Piha Rescue, Pages 122 - 123), Sandra Coney, ISBN 978-0473-14906-2
  2. ^ Between The Flags - 100 Years of Surf Life Saving in New Zealand, ( Piha Surf Life Saving Club, Pages 196 - 200), Surf Life Saving New Zealand, 2010, ISBN 978-0-473-17686-0
  3. ^ "Piha Rescue is over after 14 years". Stuff (Fairfax). 1 August 2017.