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

New West Coast Crew Member

Hernan Holliday joins the Crew. Hernan Holliday is an Intensive Care Paramedic, that has recently joined the West Coast Crew. We asked Hernan a few questions to help you get to know him better! How long have you been a NZCC Rescue Crew member?  Officially started on the 24th May 2019, but had covered the […]

On the way to Grey base

Mission: Tramping Accident

Otehake Hut Mission Rescue mission as told by Peter, the patient: Egon, John & I had planned this adventure into Arthur’s Pass National Park for some time – taking leave etc. After parking our rental car at State Highway 75, we went up the Edwards Valley (first night Edwards Hut) and over the Taruahuna Pass […]

NZCC Waitaha 1

Mission: Road Accident

Waitaha Mission On 6th July 2019 around midday the NZCC Rescue Helicopter was called south to SH6 on the Waitaha River, South Westland. A vehicle had hit ice, spun and ended up in a ditch, causing injury to the front passenger of the single truck involved. Due to the complicated nature of the injury and […]


April- July Mission Report

Mission Report The NZCC rescue helicopter crew have attended 56 jobs between April- Mid July. April In the month of April the crew attended 12 emergency callouts. NVG goggles were used on 5 occasions, including on a mission to retrieve a hiker with severe burns from Mckay hutt. The mission took 4.5 hours to complete, […]

NZCC Heaphy Track 3

Mission: Hiking Accident

Heaphy Track Mission On 14 March 2019, at around 9am, the West Coast Rescue Helicopter crew received a call from the Airdesk advising of a patient in need on the Heaphy Track. The patient had injured their ankle while tramping the world-famous track with a group of friends two days earlier but earlier attempts of […]

NZCC Craigieburn Range 1

Mission: Paragliding Accident

Craigeburn Mission On Sunday 3 March, at around 3pm, the NZCC Rescue helicopter staff received notification from the NZ Rescue Co-ordination centre that a beacon had been activated in the Craigieburn Range area. Little was known of the incident at that stage other than the owner was a keen paragliding enthusiast and had been planning […]


Meet our Amazing Engineers!

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


Community Support

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


Winter is here for Canterbury Crew

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