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“Forget anything except a helicopter”

“A gloriously beautiful day,” is how Fay Selby-Law describes her climb up Tauhara Mountain. After drinking in ‘amazing views,’ Fay and her daughter, Mihi, took a literal drink in a little stream during descent.  One slip on a steep gradient was all it took, and the gloriously beautiful day disintegrated in a split second.

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10 year old boy fractures leg while skiing

On the 11th of August, The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew to Turoa Ski Field for a 10yr old boy who had badly fractured his leg while skiing, due to low cloud at the Turoa Medical Centre the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was unable to land so RV’d with an Ambulance at Ohakune who took […]

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14-year-old rushed to hospital

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at approximately 11.30am this morning to Murupara to assist with a medical emergency.

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150ft Winch mission in the Tararua Ranges

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched by the Rescue Coordination Centre to locate the source of a beacon that had been activated in the vicinity of Arete Hut in the Tararua Ranges.

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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.

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