News | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


Car collides with tanker

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene of a collision between a tanker truck and a car on SH1 in Tokoroa at around 10am, Thursday the 13th September.

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Te Kuiti teen injured

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kuiti on the evening of Tuesday 11 September.

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Air Ambulance all female crew, patient and passengers

There is nothing unusual about the Westpac Air Ambulance ferrying patients the length of New Zealand but on Monday 3 September the flight from Taranaki Hospital to Auckland’s Starship Hospital was definitely unique.

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We Need You

It could be you, your family, friends, staff or patrons that need us. Your support ensures the rescue helicopters are available in your community.

The Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters can be airborne in 10 minutes, and in a life and death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. It is the timely assistance that the rescue helicopters provides that can reduce disability and improve survival - the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery.

But the cost of this is huge. Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters do not receive any funding from the New Zealand Government. Your local rescue helicopter does have contracts with ACC, DHB and New Zealand Police, but this only covers 47% of the operating costs. This means 53% of this must come from the community.

Without community support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 basis, which would mean a serious delay in people being rescued, or transported to and from hospital facilities for urgent treatment.

Becoming a supporter of your local rescue helicopters means you will be making a life-saving difference in your community.

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