Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

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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 Missions

NZCC Heaphy Track 3

NZCC West Coast Dual Mission Report: On the 9th August the NZCC Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Round Hill Ski Field near Lake Tekapo, for an injured snowboarder. One moderately injured patient was transported through to Christchurch Hospital for further care. Upon leaving Christchurch, the West Coast crew were dispatched again to retrieve a patient […]

H145 and BK117 Helicopter Specifications


H145 and BK117 Rescue Helicopters The primary Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Christchurch is an Airbus H145. This is a new helicopter, added to the service in August 2019, and is the first of its type on emergency medical service operation, in New Zealand. Advanced avionics and autopilot features, plus a more spacious cabin area […]

New West Coast Crew Member

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

Hernan Holliday joins the Crew. Hernan Holliday is an Intensive Care Paramedic, that has recently joined the West Coast Crew. We asked Hernan a few questions to help you get to know him better! How long have you been a NZCC Rescue Crew member?  Officially started on the 24th May 2019, but had covered the […]

Mission: Tramping Accident

On the way to Grey base

Otehake Hut Mission Rescue mission as told by Peter, the patient: Egon, John & I had planned this adventure into Arthur’s Pass National Park for some time – taking leave etc. After parking our rental car at State Highway 75, we went up the Edwards Valley (first night Edwards Hut) and over the Taruahuna Pass […]

Mission: Road Accident

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Waitaha Mission On 6th July 2019 around midday the NZCC Rescue Helicopter was called south to SH6 on the Waitaha River, South Westland. A vehicle had hit ice, spun and ended up in a ditch, causing injury to the front passenger of the single truck involved. Due to the complicated nature of the injury and […]

April- July Mission Report


Mission Report The NZCC rescue helicopter crew have attended 56 jobs between April- Mid July. April In the month of April the crew attended 12 emergency callouts. NVG goggles were used on 5 occasions, including on a mission to retrieve a hiker with severe burns from Mckay hutt. The mission took 4.5 hours to complete, […]

Mission: Hiking Accident

NZCC Heaphy Track 3

Heaphy Track Mission On 14 March 2019, at around 9am, the West Coast Rescue Helicopter crew received a call from the Airdesk advising of a patient in need on the Heaphy Track. The patient had injured their ankle while tramping the world-famous track with a group of friends two days earlier but earlier attempts of […]

Mission: Paragliding Accident

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Craigeburn Mission On Sunday 3 March, at around 3pm, the NZCC Rescue helicopter staff received notification from the NZ Rescue Co-ordination centre that a beacon had been activated in the Craigieburn Range area. Little was known of the incident at that stage other than the owner was a keen paragliding enthusiast and had been planning […]

Winter is here for Canterbury Crew


Winter is upon us and the Canterbury crew have been busy. The crew attended several missions in Twizel in May, including rescuing a hiker who had fallen and sustained a kidney injury. Another Twizel located mission included a medical transfer for a patient suffering severe abdominal pain. Other May mission locations included; Lake Ellesmere, Banks […]