Crew Profile: Greg, Matt and Rupert

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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. […]

Mt Hutt Visit

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Thank you Mt Hutt and Methven Lions Club! It was great to go and visit the Mt Hutt Methven office, it is an impressive set up with all of the training gear and some huge machinery. The whole team are gearing up for the ski season ahead. We were joined by the Methven Lions Club […]

Crew Profile: George McInnes

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George McInnes We are excited to introduce some of our new and existing rescue crew members! George McInnes is a talented pilot that has recently joined the team. George not only pilots the Westpac Rescue Helicopter when on shift, he studies the weather forecast, calculates fuel requirements and plans the best route to the scene. […]

Great news for the West Coast!

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Bk-117 Arrival Thank you to all of our West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter service supporters who came along to view the twin-engine BK- 117 now based in Greymouth. We met on the 14th March at the hangar and the rain held off long enough so most had a chance to see the new helicopter. It […]

We won $25,000!!

THANK YOU!! The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust earned 2nd place and $25,000 in the Archibalds Drive for Good competition! More than 21,000 people voted for their favourite local charity as part of the Drive for Good. The top three charities were: 1. The Champion Centre  2. Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust 3. Ronald McDonald House […]

Women making a difference

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“Above & Beyond” Juliet and Kath, both crew members and Intensive Care Paramedics, risk their lives to save the lives of others. Their skill and experience is the culmination of many years of training. We need to raise $171,000 for essential crew training this year – your donation of $50 by 31 March will help […]

HUET Training

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Helicopter Underwater Escape Training February 2019 The rescue crew have undergone HUET training this February with the first training and pool session getting underway on the 12th February, and the second session on the 19th February. HUET training involves the crew being plunged into the water  in a ‘simulation’ of what could occur in an […]

Holi Festival of Colours

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Indian-Māori fusion at Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours 2019 We are proud to be involved in the 2019 Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours! This year’s event will focus on cultural unity in the lead up to Waitangi Day,  and will feature contemporary Indian and Māori  performances, as well as New Zealand’s first aerial flower petal […]

West Coast Holiday Mission

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West Coast NZCC Christmas Mission In December 2018, the West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Ghost Lake Hut on the Old Ghost Road. A 48yo male had been cycling the famous route with friends when he fell off a steep embankment, tumbling down a very rocky hillside before finally coming to a stop […]