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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]

ICP rescue crewman in heli

Rescue Crew Challenge

It’s your last chance to enter the challenge! We’ve had a great response from businesses wanting to participate in the 2019 Rescue Crew Challenge; we’ve almost reached our target of 30 teams with only a couple of spots available.  If you’re up for the challenge but haven’t registered your team yet, please get in touch with […]


Bringing Hope This Christmas

BRINGING HOPE THIS CHRISTMAS Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we have raised enough funds to provide hope to 26 families this busy holiday period. But with an average of 3 missions every 24 hours, we need to raise another $80K to make a life-saving difference to more people in our community. Donate today to save […]


Waikari School Visit

Waikari School Visit We were privileged to host Waikari School at the GCH Aviation Emergency Air Centre this week. The school recently held a Twilight Market where the children showcased their handmade eco-friendly crafts created during terms 2 and 3. The children chose to donate all funds raised to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service because […]

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

Rescue Crew Update

Canterbury and West Coast Westpac Crew Update November and December have been very busy months for the crew as the busy summer period is starting to roll around the corner for the crew of Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Helicopter Service. Crew training has also been a priority. In July, members of the Westpac Rescue […]


Crew News

Rescue Crew News: As a result of the new NASO service delivery contract staffing/crew numbers will increase progressively over the coming months. We are busy working through all of the training requirements and costings with GCH Aviation, operator of the rescue helicopter service. The new winch simulator funded by the Urquhart Trust will be up […]