Thank You Lindsay Foundation

Thank You Lindsay Foundation The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust is privileged to announce and welcome the Lindsay Foundation as its newest Community Partner. With their mission to support individuals and organisations making a positive difference in New Zealand, the Lindsay Foundation has generously chosen to support the Canterbury and West Coast Rescue Helicopter […]

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ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter

ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter The weekend of the West Coast floods, the ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter flew five missions to Westport retrieving patients from the Buller Club, a Civil Defence designated building which was being used as a provisional medical centre. The photos show the extent of the flooding in the Westport area. From 1 […]



WESTPAC GALA EVENT The Westpac Chopper Gala and Charity Auction at Christchurch Town Hall on Thursday 5 August raised over $90,000 for the Canterbury rescue helicopter service, with 250 guests from the business community. It follows the annual Westpac Chopper Appeal in May which raised $1.1 million nationwide for all of New Zealand’s rescue helicopter […]

Big turnout for H145 in Ashburton

Big turnout for H145 in Ashburton As we approached the airport at Ashburton, Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot, Grant Withers was surprised to see so many people gathered outside the Aviation Museum to welcome the H145 helicopter. Despite the bitter cold, everyone came to see the helicopter and to have a closer look.  With nearly 200 […]


Canterbury missions up 40 percent

Canterbury missions up 40 percent Canterbury’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter recorded a 40 percent increase in mission numbers for the first six months of 2021, reflecting a focus on faster treatment and better patient outcomes. Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust Chief Executive, Christine Prince says the new helipad at Christchurch Hospital, which can take two […]


Methven- IFR

Methven – IFR   Grey skies did not dampen the welcome when the H145 Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed at the Methven Rugby Club on 7 July. It is a location the crew come to regularly. In fact, mission numbers here are up about 25% on the same time last year. Philip Wareing Limited, based in Methven […]