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 […]

Canterbury Mission Review August 2019


WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER August 2019 has been the busiest month of the year so far for crews on Canterbury’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with 61 emergency callouts across the region for a range of trauma and medical incidents. August also marked a very special milestone for the service, with the introduction of a brand new H145 […]

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 […]