Community Trust Mid & South Canterbury

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Celebration

IFR Celebration in Timaru The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crew landed the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at Caroline Bay last month and invited 60 to 70 people who helped fundraise for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in Mid and South Canterbury with speeches and afternoon tea at Sopheze on the Bay. Deputy Mayor Steve Wills addressed the group […]

Business Support Crew Update- May 2021

Business Support Crew Update- May It doesn’t seem that long ago we were celebrating the opening of the new air rescue centre here in Christchurch, followed by the arrival of the new H145 Airbus. Since then, we’ve had the opening of the hospital landing pad back in November, and in December, the launch of the […]


Ambassador Update – May 2021

Rescue Helicopter Ambassador Update A number of our Ambassadors have been busy,  Stewart McSkimming , has built a model of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, it is an exact replica of the H-145.  Stewart very generously allowed us to put this on display at the Hub Hornby here in Christchurch to help promote Westpac’s Chopper Appeal.  […]


Freemasons support the Rescue Helicopter Service

Freemasons support the Rescue Helicopter Service For the past 3 years, Canterbury District Freemasons has been working hard providing carparking solutions for Saturday morning netball mums and dads at Hagley Park, as well as raising much needed funds for community projects. The frustration of trying to find a carpark near the netball courts has been solved […]


Introducing Virginia Close

Welcome Virginia Close to the Trust team Virginia joins the Trust team as the new Development Fundraiser after spending six years Wellington. She has been working in the fundraising sector for the last 10 years with experience both in the United States and New Zealand across various industries such as tertiary education, arts and international […]


Life Saving Rescue Mission

Offshore Fishing Boat Rescue An emergency call comes through. The Christchurch Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew are dispatched to a serious accident on a fishing boat off the coast of Westport. Rescue Pilot Kent briefs his colleague Regan; an offshore mission requires two Pilots for safety. While the clinical crew, Mike and Kath prepare, Kent studies […]


Rescue Crew Training

Training Saves Lives As we enter 2021, the Crew are focused on being prepared for when the next call comes in. All 43 Crewman, Intensive Care Paramedics and Pilots train year round to be fully equipped to deal with the varying rescue missions they face. Each year the Trust needs to raise $215,000 for training […]


Terra Viva Support Air Rescue

Thank you Terra Viva CWCART Relationship Manger, Rose- Marie and Rescue Helicopter Crew Member, Tom, recently visited Terra Viva to thank them for their fundraising efforts In February 2020 Terra Viva announced they would donate $1 for every high tea booking they received that year. In February 2021 the Trust received a $2,800 donation from […]