This paid for a new state-of-the-art digital radio system, giving the crew greater control and clarity over their communications with each other and with other emergency services.
“I don't want people shouting at each other on the boat because they can't hear,” says Trent.
“Having good radio gear means you can clearly speak to everyone, clearly hear a distress call, even with the engine and all the other surrounding noises.
“It makes what we do more effective and mitigates a lot of the risk of misunderstanding - in some cases that could be the difference.”
For Coastguard Maraetai crew member and medic Annie Lee, the new radio gear is a huge improvement.
“Situational awareness is a big thing and you have to be aware at all times where all your crew members are, and what's going on,” she says.
“The new headsets give you this because you're in touch with everybody, and everybody can hear what you're saying.”