Meet our Amazing Engineers!

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


Community Support

The Trust were proud to host 2 groups to the base recently: Charles Upham Men’s Club Thank you 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 heroic […]


Winter is here for Canterbury Crew

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


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 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 have a new date […]


Chopper Appeal 2019

Chopper Country- Accidents Happen Every Day  This Chopper Appeal we need your help to raise $205,000 so we can be there if things don’t go as planned. In 2018 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to nearly 300 accidents out of 650 total missions in the Canterbury and West Coast region. Accidents do happen every day, […]


Matt’s Rescue Story

Rescue at the Christchurch Gondola Matt became a patient of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in July last year. Matt is a quintessential Kiwi; he loves the outdoors and wants to challenge himself in everything he does. Unfortunately, when out paragliding at the Christchurch Gondola, a major accident occurred. One minute Matt was soaring free as […]

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Latest Rescue Crew News 2019

Latest Canterbury Crew News The Westpac Canterbury rescue crew have completed approximately 153 missions in 2019. January saw 43 completed missions for the crew, with 21 accident related missions and 17 medical related retrievals. Other mission types include inter-hospital transfers and search and rescue. These missions could also include the use of night vision goggles […]

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

West Coast Crew News

NZZC West Coast Crew News Canterbury and the West Coast need your support this Chopper Appeal. The NZCC West Coast rescue crew have had a busy few months so far this year. The crew have attended over 70 missions in 2019, with mission numbers expected to increase as we head into the winter months. Members of […]