about us

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter services the Central Plateau and Lakes region across the Central North Island. Providing a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Providing a fully-fledged air emergency medical service with the employment of our own full-time experienced Critical Care Flight Paramedics (CCFP), Crewmen and Pilots. Our crews offer a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team brings a specialist skillset, enhancing the safety and efficiency of rescue missions.

The team's expertise means your rescue helicopter can attend search and rescue missions, operations involving a winch, night operations, time-critical inter-hospital transfers, and provide assistance to NZ Fire, Land Search and Rescue and the Armed Offender Squad.
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Team

1 Vanessa Richmond Group Manager

Vanessa Richmond

Group Manager

Leads Philips Search & Rescue Trust and oversees the Fundraising, Marketing, Administration & Finance teams
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Kirstin Tye

Project Manager

Leads all relevant PSRT business projects, while providing support to the wider team
3 Ange Cranfield Admin Manager

Angela Cranfield

Finance and Administration Manager

Oversees and supports all things related to Administration and Finance
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Jenny Barris

Finance Processor

Processes donations that are made across all bases
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Laura Healion

Office Support & Customer Service Specialist

Provides administration support within the Finance and Administration Team and Customer/Donor support
4 Whitney Smith Fundraising Manager

Whitney Smith

Fundraising Manager

Oversees all areas of fundraising, including setting the fundraising strategy & implementing initiatives
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Ayshea Abela

Corporate Relationship Coordinator

Looks after our corporate supporters & our regular donor program, helping these amazing donors support their rescue helicopters
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Catherine Cook

Community Fundraising Coordinator

Supports community fundraisers, helping them raise funds for their rescue helicopters and looks after our tele-fundraising program.
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Keryn Peddle

Donor Care Coordinator

First point of contact for our generous donors, and provides support with whatever they need
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Tyra Coffin

Fundraising Administration Support/Intern

Provides support to the Fundraising Team
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Sharni Weir

Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Leads on all areas of Sponsorship & Marketing. Oversees the marketing & communication strategies to support fundraising initiatives
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Tash McGowan

Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our family of sponsors, and coordinating collaborative ways to work together
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Bridget Ross

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Manages social media platforms, creating engaging content and communicating with our supporters via campaigns & media
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Vicky Marland

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our Website, SEO, Google, and implements our online strategy
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Gillian Crompton

Patient Coordinator

Looks after our community of patients and families, sharing stories with our family of supporters

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Specifications & Equipment

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The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter is a Kawasaki BK117. This single-pilot twin-engine helicopter has commonly been used as a rescue helicopter due to its speed, reliability and ability to fly close to cliff faces which makes it the best aircraft for all types of missions.

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Your Pilots

With proven experience in a diverse range of flying conditions, and logging thousands of flight hours, a rescue helicopter pilot is trusted with the safety of all on board.
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Your Crewmen

As the extra eyes and ears for the Pilot and the Critical Care Flight Paramedic during a mission, safety on board and around the aircraft is their priority including winch operation, navigation, obstacle identification and safe landing during flights.
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Bondy - Crewman and Base Manager

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Your Critical Care Flight Paramedics

A critical care flight paramedic is trained to perform advanced medical intervention and life-saving procedures within a rescue helicopter environment.
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Michael - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

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Rob - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

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Rob - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

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Your Operations Team

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Muir - Medical Director

Pilot Barry Vincent

Barry - Pilot Training Manager

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Charlie - Chief Pilot

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Chris - Chief Operating Officer

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Graeme - Clinical Operations Manager

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Hugo - Clinical Development Manager

History of the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

Incepted in 1985, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter has since undertaken over 6,254 missions. The service began with a Squirrel helicopter, originally called the Philips Rescue Helicopter and upgraded to the BK117 in April of 2019.

In 2012, Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd became the principal sponsor of the helicopter. By 2019, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter had employed full-time Crewmen and Critical Care Flight Paramedic.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community rescue helicopters, including the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter. Encompassing a fleet of rescue helicopters and fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.
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