Manawatu – Whanganui | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Manawatu - Whanganui

New Zealand’s most trusted charity 2018

There are so many great charities in New Zealand that it makes it all the more special to be nominated and voted the most trusted brand by the public poll conducted by Readers Digest.

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Callout to tramper lost in the Ruahine Ranges

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Ruahine Range on Friday 25 May, just after 3 pm, to recover a tramper who had become lost. The man had called the NZ Police and used a Personal Locator Beacon (PBL) to notify the Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) of his location. Police SAR assisted in […]

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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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