New H145 Rescue Helicopter Launch

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New Rescue Helicopter unveiled at Christchurch Rescue Base On Tuesday two new air ambulance helicopters were launched for the South Island air rescue service; it is the first time these highly-specified helicopters have been used in New Zealand for emergency medical purposes. New Zealand’s Health Minister Hon Dr David Clark unveiled the new Airbus H145 […]

Meet our Amazing Engineers!


In this issue of the newsletter, we wanted to highlight our amazing team of engineers. Featured in the photo above are engineers Hugo Wilding and Mike Battersby who along with many others, keep our aircraft operating to the highest standards. The engineering crew work tirelessly behind the scenes to service the rescue helicopter and keep […]

Community Support


The Trust was delighted to host 2 groups to the base recently: Charles Upham Men’s Club Thank you to the Charles Upham Men’s Club who visited the GCH base recently. You can read an excerpt from their newsletter about their experience at the base below; “Our Men’s Club was enthralled by helicopters and stories of […]

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 […]

Easter Message from the Crew

Keep safe outdoors this Winter A message from the Air Rescue crew with their tips for staying safe in the upcoming Winter months. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crew urge you to take care. Whatever you get up to, whether you are gathering with friends and family, planning an outdoor activity or hitting the slopes, plan […]