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 […]

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. […]

Mt Hutt Visit


Thank you Mt Hutt and Methven Lions Club! Trust CEO, Christine Prince, recently visited the Mt Hutt Methven office, where she was joined by the Methven Lions Club, and presented with two donation cheques for the Rescue Helicopter Service. The Methven Lions Club fundraised $18,000 at the ‘Discover Mt Hutt – Summer Open Day’ on […]

Crew Profile: George McInnes


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!

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

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


“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 […]