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Your support makes a difference to those in need

Nothing compares to holding your newborn in your arms for the first time – a moment of overwhelming joy. But the joy that Harry Ward’s parents experienced turned to trepidation, when, only 40 minutes later, Harry went into respiratory arrest and required resuscitation.


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.

We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
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.

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