Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) (7)

IFR IFR will be a significant development for the Rescue Helicopter Service in Canterbury and will essentially allow the Rescue Helicopter and crew to operate in more compromised weather conditions. Currently, due to specific weather patterns around the Canterbury region, we are unable to respond to some emergency call outs, it is estimated this figure […]

West Coast Community Support

Willie McBride Raffle Check Presentation OCT2019

Willie McBride and Katrina Henderson fundraise for the Rescue Helicopter 15 year old aspiring pilot, Willie McBride has been tremendously successful in his recent fundraising efforts for the Trust. Similarly, Katrina Henderson has fundraised for the Trust for several years on the West Coast. Willie has been a strong supporter of the Canterbury West Coast […]

Christmas Appeal 2019

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A very special Christmas for the Byrne family. After a medical event at the wheel, the Byrne family just avoided two head on collisions and their car left the road, rolling six times across a paddock. By some miracle they were alive and their fate was now in the hands of the Rescue Helicopter and […]

Rescue Crew Challenge 2019!


Rescue Crew Challenge Raises $100,000! The Rescue Crew Challenge 2019 (RCC) got underway on Sunday 22nd September. 19 Canterbury businesses took on the challenge; forming teams of 4 to fundraise and compete in the RCC event. Over $100,000 was raised and the Trust cannot thank everyone enough for their fantastic teamwork and fundraising efforts. Willie […]

Community Fundraising


Amazing Fundraising Events in the Community Supporting the Air Rescue Service   Timaru’s St Mary’s Church packed out for inaugural 100 Voices concert Another great community event in Timaru has raised $3000 for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust! The Midland Masonic Male Choir, the InHarmony Choir, Timaru District Choir, and Rhyth-Mix Singers came together […]

West Coast Mission Review August 2019


NEW ZEALAND COAL & CARBON RESCUE HELICOPTER In what was the second busiest month of the year to date, the crew of Greymouth’s NZCC Rescue Helicopter responded to 25 EMS (Emergency Medical Service) callouts across the West Coast and beyond during August, clocking up almost 50 hours of flying time. About 40% of the jobs […]