Philips Search and Rescue Trust


Sunday 26 March
10AM - 2pm

Greenlea rescue helicopter hangAr, taupo airport,
1105 anzac memorial drive, taupo

Our Bases

New Zealand’s largest search and rescue providers, Philips Search and Rescue Trust operate six rescue helicopters based throughout the Central North Island. Available through the emergency 111 call system, our rapid response Rescue Helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.


Waikato - King Country
Waikato Westpac
Rescue Helicopter
Bay of Plenty
Trustpower TECT
Rescue Helicopter
Rotorua - Bay of Plenty
Rescue Helicopter
Taupo - Central Plateau
Rescue Helicopter
Manawatu - Whanganui
Palmerston North
Rescue Helicopter

Saving Lives

Henry had been feeling unwell for a few of days after an intense headache. He then became so unwell he was unable to walk and fell onto the floor after crawling out of bed. His friends were unable to get him to the car so they called the ambulance. What came next was an emergency flight to Waikato Hospital.

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As she flew off her mountain bike, down a bank and onto the floor of the Whakarewarewa Forest below, Laura sensed this was no ordinary fall.

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“I don’t think I’m afraid to fly in a helicopter now. I’d quite like to go again - but on a nice enjoyable trip, not an emergency!” The reason for Shelley’s enthusiasm for helicopters is clear.

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We Need You

Community generosity powers Philips Search and Rescue Trust. The aircraft fleet and life-saving search and rescue feats performed by our crew could not be possible without the ongoing financial support of our Friends members, communities, sponsors and partners.

Collectively, funds generated through the community and sponsorship cover half of the annual expenses required to operate our rescue helicopters in each region; without this extremely generous contribution our life-saving service would not exist.

There are a variety of ways to support our critical search and rescue service, to learn about your options, check out our get involved page

In Action

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Kaimanawa Range for an injured tramper.

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The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist in the search for missing boaties.

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A round-up of the missions the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter undertook during this period.

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