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.read more
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.
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.read more
“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.read more
We Need You
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
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene of the motorbike accident.read more
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to man suffering from multiple injuries.read more
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a 6 year-old-boy involved in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident.read more