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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

AsureQuality & farmholders help the Rescue Helicopter

AsureQuality have once again partnered with the Rescue Helicopter Trust; the 2018 Map Project is mailed to farmholders across Canterbury and the West Coast. Here, at the Rescue Helicopter Trust, we really enjoy working with the team at AsureQuality, a valuable partnership founded on the basis of a common safety interest and a real appreciation of what […]

Springston School turns pirate for the day

Springston, a small semi-rural community just 25km south of Christchurch, has a wonderful school of 240 bright, bubbly, multi-talented students from Year 1 to Year 8 and a strong ethos of supporting their local community. The principal, Dianne Prendergast, and students recently presented a cheque to the Rescue Helicopter Trust. The students chose to support the […]

A bike accident, bullrush & a bull…

A bike accident, bullrush and a bull. Jivarn first needed the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in August 2017 after breaking his leg in a biking accident. Months later, whilst playing bullrush he broke his leg again and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew Jivarn to Christchurch Hospital for the second time!  Jivarn is recovering well and decided […]

Caring for the community


For the Lions Club of Pakeke, caring for the community is part of their philosophy, their motto: WE SERVE. Lions are “ordinary people from all walks of life who enjoy getting together and doing good things.” Here at Air Rescue, we understand their values, sharing the same ones, serving our community by ensuring we are […]