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Women making a difference

“Above & Beyond” Juliet and Kath, both crew members and Intensive Care Paramedics, risk their lives to save the lives of others. Their skill and experience is the culmination of many years of training. We need to raise $171,000 for essential crew training this year – your donation of $50 by 31 March will help […]

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Mt Hutt Open Day

Mt Hutt Open Day On Saturday 2nd March Mt Hutt is holding a summer open day (www.discovermthutt.co.nz) in conjunction with the Methven Lions Club. Thank you to Methven Lions and Mt Hutt for choosing to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service at their Open Day this year. “Discover Mt Hutt” is a community fundraiser with […]

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Vote to help us win!

PLEASE VOTE NOW We are in the final of Archibald’s DRIVE FOR GOOD and we need your vote to help us win a share of $100,000. People like you can vote now and help us to save lives like Helen’s. Helen suffered fractured vertebrae, fractured femur, and fingers, massive bruising and had 20 staples put in the […]

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HUET Training

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training February 2019 The rescue crew have undergone HUET training this February with the first training and pool session getting underway on the 12th February, and the second session on the 19th February. HUET training involves the crew being plunged into the water  in a ‘simulation’ of what could occur in an […]

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Holi Festival of Colours

Indian-Māori fusion at Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours 2019 We are proud to be involved in the 2019 Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours! This year’s event will focus on cultural unity in the lead up to Waitangi Day,  and will feature contemporary Indian and Māori  performances, as well as New Zealand’s first aerial flower petal […]

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West Coast Holiday Mission

West Coast NZCC Christmas Mission In December 2018, the West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Ghost Lake Hut on the Old Ghost Road. A 48yo male had been cycling the famous route with friends when he fell off a steep embankment, tumbling down a very rocky hillside before finally coming to a stop […]

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Christmas Missions 2018

Summer Holiday Missions The Christmas period was a busy time for the rescue helicopter crew in Canterbury and the West Coast. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter completed 36 callouts between the 24th December 2018 through to the 7th January 2019. 23 of those call-outs were after hours meaning the mission […]

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Hundred Jump Challenge

Weather Sucks 5am, 2nd December 2018 was set for Steve Gregor to begin his Hundred Jump challenge to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Local skydiving enthusiast Steve wanted to set a New Zealand record and raise money for our charity by completing 100+ skydives in one day. “I wanted to take an idea that seemed impossible, […]