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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

Maggie lay at the bottom of a bank with a shattered knee. Luckily her husband heard her cries and rushed to her side before calling for help

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Tuakau residents, Phil Rodgers and his wife, Raewyn, were collecting firewood on their relative’s property in remote Pongakawa when suddenly, Phil had a heart attack.

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Phillip Eramus knows what it means to be an inch from his life. His waist was crushed underneath the bed of a silage truck for 30 minutes. Read more about his life-saving rescue.

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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

A 63-year-old Taupo man fell down a bank yesterday afternoon and suffered a serious head injury in a car park near the lakefront.

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The Rotorua-based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Sunday afternoon to a rural property to airlift two farmers to Rotorua Hospital.

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Six occupants received injuries when the ute they were using rolled down a steep hill near Waikpukurau

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