Setting out for the summit of Mt Ruapehu on a stunning winter’s morning, Xian Zheng and his three friends envisioned a magnificent day ahead of them, with plans to hike to the mountain’s crater lake.read more
Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is New Zealand’s largest rescue helicopter trust, operating rescue helicopters throughout the central North Island.
Dispatched through the 111-call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.
It could be you, or your loved ones that need us. Your support ensures that your rescue helicopter is available to your community.
We Need You
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.
The cost of this is huge. Your rescue helicopter has contracts with ACC, DHB’s and NZ police, providing approximately 50% of the operating costs. This means the remaining 50% of funding must come from the community.
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 life saving difference.
On Sunday 17th March the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to a Motor Vehicle accident on State Highway 4 near Tupaiwahine, just before 1pm.read more
On Saturday afternoon the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked in flight to divert to the Coromandel township of Waihi.read more
On Saturday 16th March the Waikato Westpac Helicopter was dispatched to Dargaville Hospital for a hospital transfer.read more