2018 Westpac Chopper Appeal


Over $1 million has been raised across New Zealand by Westpac staff and all of the wonderful Westpac customers. Close to $200,000 has been raised in this region. Westpac has completed the Westpac Chopper Challenge, run quizzes, as well as out collecting money. Westpac GM Consumer Bank and Wealth, Simon Power says the total raised is […]

Latest Mission Reports


The busy summer period has given way to the cooler months. However, there has been no let-up for the crew of Christchurch’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Autumn’s lower temperatures and high rainfall have contributed to keeping the Rescue Helicopter service busy over the last 3 months. In addition with this year’s early snow, the service […]

The Pioneer Adventure Race


Team GCH Aviation will be racing in the 2018 Pioneer Adventure Race, a 6-day mountain bike stage race. Their goal is to raise awareness, and above all, to raise money for the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter. This Iconic race is now in its third year and attracts riders from all around the world due to […]

Cycling to save lives

Brush those winter cobwebs off your mountain bikes and join the Rescue Helicopter team at the MTB Rogaine Series! Indeed, this is a great opportunity to improve your skills over a series of fun events and also raise money for the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Suitable for all levels! MTB Rogaine Event 1 Sunday 15 […]

Hundred Jump Project


Our community is always coming up with creative and exciting ways to raise money for the Rescue Helicopter Service. From racing in the Mongol Rally to holding Gala Dinners and even dressing up as Pirates. We thought we had seen it all. Until now. Introducing The Hundred Jump Project; the brainchild of local skydiving enthusiast Steve Gregor. […]

Most Trusted Brand

New Zealand and Reader’s Digest have voted the Westpac Rescue Helicopter the Most Trusted Charity Brand for 2018. Reader’s Digests conducts this annual poll and the public’s vote of confidence is great to receive. Being voted the Most Trusted Charity Brand is very rewarding, especially as there are so many great charities in New Zealand. The […]

25 Years of Westpac’s Support Celebration

In May we celebrated 25 Years of Westpac’s support along with the team at Westpac and GCH Aviation – some of whom have been involved with the Rescue Helicopter Service that long! The celebration, held at the GCH Aviation Emergency AirCentre, looked at the Service’s history through an exhibition, and the 120 strong crowd listened […]

Special visit from Kosmo the Police dog!

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted Police Dog Kosmo to hospital after he was stabbed whilst on the job a couple of weeks ago. You may have seen this story on the news. Handler, Constable Turner, and Kosmo came into GCH Aviation Emergency AirCentre today to meet the crew who transferred him to the emergency 24 […]

Lions Clubs making a difference in our community

The Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who bridge religious, political, economic and social boundaries. They are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their personal time and talents to help other people. Their motto is “We Serve”. The Geraldine Lions Club, with a 70 […]