Join the Air Rescue Support Crew today!


About Air Rescue Support Crew:



Our supporters are the most important part of the Air Rescue Crew because you fund the service – since only 30% of our costs are government funded we couldn’t do it without you!

The Air Rescue Support Crew gives you the chance to support our critical air rescue and air ambulance services in Canterbury and the West Coast. Please know that by joining our support crew you are directly funding life-saving missions and having a real impact on the lives of countless families in New Zealand. Please join the Air Rescue Support Crew today.




What Your Support Will Fund:


  • The operational costs of life-saving missions including fuel (each mission costs approximately $8625)
  • The training of our crew to meet industry and regulation standards (Bush Survival Skills, Mountain Rescue, Search and Rescue, Avalanche and Antarctic Survival, Advanced Fitness, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training, Winching, Sea and River Rescue)
  • Essential rescue and medical equipment



Donation Amount:



$30, $40, $50 per month (or other amount, minimum $30) 






  • As a member of the Air Rescue Support Crew you will go in the draw to win $1000 loaded on to a Westpac Visa debit card (thank you Westpac for sponsoring this) and also go in the draw to win a free helicopter flight.
  • You will be invited to a VIP event at the helicopter base where you and your family can meet the rescue crew and see the helicopter in action.
  • You will receive a certificate of membership and bumper sticker to display your support.
  • We will send you 4 newsletters each year so you can be up to date with all of the important air rescue news.
  • Plus, our unique ‘Back to Base’ benefit is also available for Support Crew Members. If you are hospitalised due to illness or accident outside of the Canterbury/West Coast area, and on discharge your medical advisors suggest that where possible you shouldn’t travel by normal means (yet neither your DHB nor ACC are prepared to cover your repatriation cost) we will practice best endeavours to get you home.



Please click the logo to join the Air Rescue Support Crew today and help us save lives.

 Please click here to Join the Air Rescue Support Crew

 Please note that the online sign up supports credit cards only. If you would prefer to sign up manually or pay in a different way please contact us on or on 03 358 8244 and we will be happy to send you the appropriate form to fill out. 







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