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Together we are
saving lives

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Together we are
saving lives

Become a friend

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Together we are
saving lives

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
BayTrust
Rescue Helicopter
Taupo - Central Plateau
Greenlea
Rescue Helicopter
Manawatu - Whanganui
Palmerston North
Rescue Helicopter

Saving Lives

An intense headache, two days before Christmas 2014, threw Debbie’s Christmas preparations into disarray. Debbie needed to get on top of the pain.

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Seasoned hunter, Bruce Falconer, almost lost his son when he was shot. “My two sons and I headed into the […]

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The simple domestic chore of sweeping outside her house, resulted in Gillian Schwass being swept up into the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and rushed to hospital.

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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 Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 1, south of Putaruru, late this afternoon, an accident scene involving four vehicles.

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This morning Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called out to Waihi beach to meet with a St John ambulance carrying  an elderly […]

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The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to an area of the Waikato River, Saturday afternoon at 6.00pm near Whakamaru (51 […]

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