Auckland Rescue Helicopter Team visits Christchurch


Auckland Rescue Helicopter Team visits Christchurch On the 20th of September we welcomed Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter team to GCH Aviation’s Christchurch operations base to refuel after they transported a patient from the North Island to Christchurch Hospital.  Everyone was masked up and socially distant as at this time Auckland was still in Level 4 lockdown. […]

Thank You Isaac Construction

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Thank you Isaac Construction The work of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Service would not be possible without the generous support of our business supporters. We are pleased to announce a new business partnership with Isaac Construction and we are incredibly grateful for their support. We thank the leadership team, staff and trustees for their support […]

World Patient Safety Day


World Patient Safety Day In September we celebrated World Patient Safety Day – the call for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety. The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, GCH Aviation and our air ambulance teams have a strong focus on patient safety. What this means […]

Lindsay Foundation joins the Trust


Lindsay Foundation joins the Trust  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 […]

Rescue Crew Training 2021


Crew Training In addition to the usual case load of trauma and acute illness, hospital transfers and Search and Rescue operations, the helicopter crews continue to train in preparedness for when the next call comes in.  All 43 crew, Intensive Care Paramedics, Crewmen and Pilots, train year-round to be fully equipped to deal with the […]

July, August, September 2021 Mission Stats


279 missions across the quarter Despite the country being in lockdown, mission numbers increased compared to this time last year, with the crews attending 246 missions through July, August, and September. This is a 21 percent increase in mission numbers compared to the previous year.  Across both regions, July was the busiest month for the […]