In March this year NASO (National Ambulance Sector Office), on behalf of the New Zealand Government, released their tender document and process for the purchasing of air ambulance and rescue helicopter services in New Zealand.read more
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.read more
“Thank you” seems too small a phrase for saving lives. But words of encouragement and support from the public, and heartfelt stories from the people they rescue, mean the world to the specialist crews of your local rescue helicopter.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.
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.