On August 26th last year, the Bowron family from Wellington set out in Tongariro National Park to explore the northern circuit. Srey, her husband Tim and their two boys Oscar and Leo were staying at Waihohonu Hut.read more
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community rescue helicopters.
Available through the emergency 111 call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and trauma-trained Intensive Care Paramedics directly to the patient. Providing timely assistance can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins, the greater the chance of patient recovery.
It could be you, or your loved ones that need us. Your support ensures that your rescue helicopter is available to your community.
An induced coma is no way to spend your 13th birthday, but that’s exactly what happened for Koben Hanks in April of 2019.read more
Born New Year’s Eve, precious baby Lacey entered 2019 as a healthy daughter to Gillian and Jordan Downes and little sister to Caleb. 16 days later Lacey was fighting for her life.read more
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.
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.
At 6pm on Saturday evening the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Coromandel township of Manaia.read more
Long-standing supporter of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, The Maisey Group have extended their regular annual sponsorship to a three-year term.read more
The Tauranga TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the Huka Falls mountain bike track.read more