West Coast Crew approach busy season


Our Greymouth based crew have also had a busy start to the Winter season. Over the Queens Birthday weekend the NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter Crew flew 4 missions. The air rescue service responded to motor vehicle accident on Arnold Valley Road, two inter hospital transfers for patients suffering cardiac and stroke events, and an […]

Rescue Crew Challenge 2.0


We have a new date for the Rescue Crew Challenge 2.0 It wasn’t an easy decision to postpone the Rescue Crew Challenge in March this year, but one that we felt was necessary to allow our people to focus their efforts on supporting the community. Now we are ready to jump back into action… we […]

Chopper Appeal 2019


Chopper Country- Accidents Happen Every Day  This Chopper Appeal we need your help to raise $205,000 so we can be there if things don’t go as planned. In 2018 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to nearly 300 accidents out of 650 total missions in the Canterbury and West Coast region. Accidents do happen every day, […]

Matt’s Rescue Story


Rescue at the Christchurch Gondola Matt became a patient of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in July last year. Matt is a quintessential Kiwi; he loves the outdoors and wants to challenge himself in everything he does. Unfortunately, when out paragliding at the Christchurch Gondola, a major accident occurred. One minute Matt was soaring free as […]

Latest Rescue Crew News 2019

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Latest Canterbury Crew News The Westpac Canterbury rescue crew have completed approximately 153 missions in 2019. January saw 43 completed missions for the crew, with 21 accident related missions and 17 medical related retrievals. Other mission types include inter-hospital transfers and search and rescue. These missions could also include the use of night vision goggles […]

West Coast Crew News

ZK-HGU on its new trolley at he GCH Aviation Greymouth Base hangar.  Stu Gorrie at the controls

NZZC West Coast Crew News Canterbury and the West Coast need your support this Chopper Appeal. The NZCC West Coast rescue crew have had a busy few months so far this year. The crew have attended over 70 missions in 2019, with mission numbers expected to increase as we head into the winter months. Members of […]

Mission Statistics January-April 2019

Wesptac Rescue Helicopter Mission Statistics January-April 2019 January: Inter Hospital transfers: 8 Accidents: 21 Medical: 17 Search and Rescue: 5 Winch required: 5 Night Vision Goggles required: 10 February: Inter Hospital transfers: 14 Accidents: 14 Medical: 9 Search and Rescue: 7 Winch required: 2 Night Vision Goggles required: 8 March: Inter Hospital transfers: 9 Accidents: […]

Crew Profile: Matt Boulcott


Matt Boulcott Matt needs no introduction! Matt has been a part of the crew for 4 years as a rescue pilot. Matt is a trusted and experienced pilot and huge asset to the rescue crew. His knowledge and experience navigating variable weather conditions and landing in rough terrain is invaluable. Stats: Name: Matt Boulcott Position: Rescue […]

Crew Profile: Greg, Matt and Rupert


Greg, Matt and Rupert! Now its time to introduce some of our New Zealand Flying Doctors Crew! Greg, Matt and Rupert are highly trained pilots who in 2018 completed 1180 missions. The New Zealand Flying Doctors service transfers critical care patients between hospitals around New Zealand. GCH Aviation have bases in both Nelson and Christchurch. […]