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 many beaches located on the West Coast near Auckland.

Piha Rescue
Written byElizabeth Donnelly
Directed byElizabeth Donnelly
Anja Janse
Eric Derks
StarringPiha Surf Life Saving Club lifeguards
Narrated byJohn Sumner
No. of seasons12
ProducersEric Derks
Elizabeth Donnelly
EditorSam Lynch
Production companySouth Pacific Video
Original networkTV One, Prime
Original release2001 (2001) –
2017 (2017)
Piha Lifeguards. 2009
Piha IRB with Fallen Rocks in Background

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. As of May 2019 it currently airs on Freeview Channel ThreeLife, generally on Sundays at 7 PM.

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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.