Thank You Lindsay Foundation


Thank You Lindsay Foundation The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust is privileged to announce and welcome the Lindsay Foundation as its newest Community Partner. With their mission to support individuals and organisations making a positive difference in New Zealand, the Lindsay Foundation has generously chosen to support the Canterbury and West Coast Rescue Helicopter […]



BUSINESS SUPPORT CREW – Update Our Business Support Crew continues to make a huge impact on the service, for both the crew and the patients. July saw 97 missions alone – including eight missions in just one day. The majority of these missions were accident or medical emergencies. Your business support goes directly towards helping get […]

ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter

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ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter The weekend of the West Coast floods, the ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter flew five missions to Westport retrieving patients from the Buller Club, a Civil Defence designated building which was being used as a provisional medical centre. The photos show the extent of the flooding in the Westport area. From 1 […]

Thank you to the Wilding Family


Thank you to the Wilding Family, Te Mania Angus Stud The Wilding family of Te Mania Angus Stud near Kaikōura very generously donated a prize bull for their annual auction sale in June. We were over the moon with the auction result for Bull Lot 100, which sold for a record $14,000. It was exciting […]



WESTPAC GALA EVENT The Westpac Chopper Gala and Charity Auction at Christchurch Town Hall on Thursday 5 August raised over $90,000 for the Canterbury rescue helicopter service, with 250 guests from the business community. It follows the annual Westpac Chopper Appeal in May which raised $1.1 million nationwide for all of New Zealand’s rescue helicopter […]

Raising funds by cycling New Zealand 

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Raising funds by cycling New Zealand  “The Rescue Warriors” are a group of gentlemen from the Ashburton area who have all committed to cycling the Tour Aotearoa 2022 Brevet event to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. At an average age of 62, “The Rescue Warriors” decided the 3,000km Tour Aotearoa Bike Tour […]

Big turnout for H145 in Ashburton

Big turnout for H145 in Ashburton As we approached the airport at Ashburton, Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot, Grant Withers was surprised to see so many people gathered outside the Aviation Museum to welcome the H145 helicopter. Despite the bitter cold, everyone came to see the helicopter and to have a closer look.  With nearly 200 […]

Canterbury missions up 40 percent


Canterbury missions up 40 percent Canterbury’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter recorded a 40 percent increase in mission numbers for the first six months of 2021, reflecting a focus on faster treatment and better patient outcomes. Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust Chief Executive, Christine Prince says the new helipad at Christchurch Hospital, which can take two […]

Methven- IFR


Methven – IFR   Grey skies did not dampen the welcome when the H145 Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed at the Methven Rugby Club on 7 July. It is a location the crew come to regularly. In fact, mission numbers here are up about 25% on the same time last year. Philip Wareing Limited, based in Methven […]