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Together we are saving lives

Your Rescue Helicopter relies on the support of community funding to remain rescue ready.
Help make a difference in your community and donate today.

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Quick Donate

Make a donation today to help your Rescue Helicopter provide vital emergency services 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Regular Giving

Setting up a regular donation is an easy way to support your rescue helicopter.  You determine the amount and the frequency of the donation, and you can manage it all through your bank or online banking.

Regular giving gives your rescue helicopter the assurance of steady funding, and helps us remain rescue ready, 365 days a year.


Rural Supporter

Rural Friends

Similar to our Friends membership but with extended cover of your farm workers and their households living on the farm.

It costs as little as $120 a year to join our Rural Friend of the Rescue Helicopter programme to help keep your local helicopter in the air providing a vital emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. After all, you never know when you or your family might require our services. Funds received go directly to the rescue helicopter in your region.

You will receive a donation certificate, a bumper sticker and certificate to display on your farm with your GPS coordinates to ensure that our crew can find you in an emergency when time is critical.

Sign up to Rural Friend of the Rescue Helicopter programme today.

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Flight for Life

Help your local rescue helicopter by turning livestock into life stock.

Farmers know the risks – drought in the summer, floods in the winter, fluctuating pay-outs and exchange rates, grazing conditions and the health and wellbeing of your livestock. One thing you do not have to risk is the availability of a rescue helicopter in your community.

Having access to a local rescue helicopter when you live in remote farmland areas of New Zealand can mean the difference between life and death. Every donation, regardless of size, means we can continue to offer this life-saving service to farmers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

New Zealand’s premier meat processor, Greenlea, have made it easy for you to support your local Rescue Helicopter by enabling you to donate the value of your cattle directly through their service:

My Pledge - Greenlea Flight for Life


Corporate Packages / sponsorship

Connect with your community by supporting our search and rescue service and help save lives in your region.

Leverage your business by supporting your local rescue helicopter and build a sense of pride within your workplace that will be projected throughout your operations. Your support of our life-saving service shows customers what you value, and in turn adds relevance to your brand, marketing activities and publicity opportunities.

Whether you would like to be a sponsor, pledge a donation, offer a staff fundraising scheme or use the rescue helicopter as a marketing platform for engaging with your community we will work with you to ensure your objectives are met.

Send us your details and one of our team will be in touch soon.


Flight Simulator Upgrade

Sim Upgrade – We need your help

Your local rescue pilots undertake unique and specialised training, including simulated (SIM) flight training.

The SIM allows your pilots to practice flying in every type of weather condition from the safety of the hangar. This ensures they are ready for all scenarios when on a real mission.

The SIM needs upgrading

The upgrade project requires a new physical SIM training environment – a replica helicopter cockpit complete with instruments and controls and a series of large projector screens to display the simulated flight – and the custom development software for New Zealand’s unique terrain and weather conditions.

This equipment will provide more realistic training scenarios – ensuring our pilots, crew and patients will return home safely.

The main advantage of training in the SIM is the huge cost saving to you – the donor. It reduces the amount of training that needs to be done in the helicopter.

With the project cost in excess of $45,000 we need your help.

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Crew Lanyard – TECT Rescue Helicopter


Purchase your very own TECT Rescue Helicopter Lanyard and be a part of the crew! A durable polyester lanyard, 20mm wide, including a swivel hook and detachable clip.

Lanyards can be used for multiple different purposes including display badges, tickets, ID cards, keys, and more.

Grab one while they last! $15 each ($5 postage and handling included in sale total)


Die-Cast – Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter


Support your rescue helicopter by purchasing your very own replica BK117.  The back of the chopper opens, and a stretcher pulls out, just like the real thing!

$35 each (includes $5 postage & handling)

Caps – Greenlea Rescue Helicopter


Show your support by purchasing one of our limited edition Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Caps. Be a part of the crew with one of these limited-edition caps.

Only available in black.

Adjustable strap at the back of the cap – One size fits all.

100% Cotton.

$35 each (includes postage and handling)

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Die-Cast – Greenlea Rescue Helicopter


Show your support by purchasing your very own replica BK117 Rescue Helicopter. The back of the chopper opens, and a stretcher pulls out, just like the real thing!

$35 each (includes $5 postage & handling)

Price: $35 (including postage)


Westpac USB’s


Show your support by purchasing one of our limited Westpac USB’s.

Storage space available – 4GBs

Detachable USB skids.

Price: $15 (including postage)


We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

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