If it wasn’t for the
rescue helicopter

I'd be dead

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Together we are
saving lives

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Together we are
saving lives

Become a friend

Donate

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

One year ago today, started quietly for the Palmerston North Rescue crew, but they were soon on their way to search for an activated beacon east of Taihape

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There is no such thing as a routine flight, your support ensured urgent transport for Sue Pollard

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"Picking myself up off the ground the whole world suddenly started spinning and I stumbled again" Read more on Damian Firth's daring 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

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew five missions during the week commencing Monday 25 April, 2016.

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A 20-year-old Tauranga woman involved in a car collision on State Highway 3 on Sunday afternoon.

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A 40-year-old Tauranga man is in a critical condition after he was injured in a glider crash at Tauranga Airport on Sunday afternoon.

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