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The Westpac Air Ambulance is a nationally recognised, accredited provider of Level 1 and 2 aero-medical transport services, bedside-to-bedside, throughout New Zealand. Equipped with the latest available medical equipment, our highly experienced medical crew can accommodate one or two stretcher patients, non-stop, to any location in New Zealand.

The Westpac Air Ambulance employs a team of experienced, dedicated professionals. The pilots and medical team strive to ensure a safe, quality experience for all involved.
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Team

1 Vanessa Richmond Group Manager

Vanessa Richmond

Group Manager

Leads Philips Search and Rescue Trust and oversees the Fundraising, Marketing, Administration & Finance teams
Angela Cranfield Admin Manager

Angela Cranfield

Finance and Administration Manager

Oversees and supports all things related to Administration and Finance
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Jenny Barris

Finance Processor

Processes donations that are made across all bases
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Renee Bosley

Office Support & Customer Service Specialist

Provides administration support within the Finance and Administration Team and Customer/Donor support
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Laura Healion

Office Support & Customer Service Specialist

Provides administration support within the Finance and Administration Team and Customer/Donor support
4 Whitney Smith Fundraising Manager

Whitney Smith

Fundraising Manager

Oversees all areas of fundraising, including setting the fundraising strategy & implementing initiatives
9 Jex Moore Fundraiser

Jex Moore

Fundraiser

Looks after our community fundraising activities, our tele-fundraising program, & supports our amazing regular givers
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Keryn Peddle

Fundraising Assistant

First point of contact for our generous donors, and provides support with whatever they need
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Ayshea Abela

Corporate Relationship Coordinator

Looks after our corporate supporters & our regular donor program, helping these amazing donors support their rescue helicopters
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Kirstin Tye

Project Manager

Leads all relevant PSRT business projects, while providing support to the wider team
2 Sharni Weir Marketing Manager

Sharni Weir

Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Leads on all areas of Sponsorship & Marketing. Oversees the marketing & communication strategies to support fundraising initiatives
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Tash McGowan

Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our family of sponsors, and coordinating collaborative ways to work together
11 Alex Paley Marketing Assistant Intern

Alexandra Paley

Marketing Coordinator

Manages social media platforms, creating engaging content and communicating with our supporters via campaigns & media
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Vicky Marland

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our Website, SEO, Google, and implements our online strategy
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Gillian Crompton

Patient Coordinator

Looks after our community of patients and families, sharing stories with our family of supporters

Aircraft

MITSUBISHI MU2

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The Mitsubishi MU2 is a turbine powered aircraft capable of flying over 1,600 miles with a comfortable and spacious pressurised cabin. Equipped with the latest medical equipment and a suite of modern avionics allowing the aircraft to fly safely in adverse weather. Certified to 31,000 feet of altitude.

Our current fleet of Mitsubishi MU2 aircraft are accredited to Ambulance New Zealand Air Rescue Air Ambulance Standards and are equipped with the most up-to-date medical equipment to meet the needs of patients.

Crew

Your Captains

The Captain of the aircraft is the person aboard the aircraft who is ultimately responsible for its operation and safety during flight.
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Cameron - Captain

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Josh - Captain

Your First Officers

The first officer is second-in-command of the aircraft to the captain, who is the legal commander.
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Alyce - First Officer

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Ricky - First Officer

Your Flight Nurses

A registered nurse who specialises in the field of providing comprehensive pre-hospital, emergency critical care, and hospital care to a vast scope of patients, providing in-flight care during transport
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John - Flight Nurse

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Manda - Flight Nurse

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Permal - Flight Nurse

Your Operations Team

Medical Director Muir Wallace 2

Muir - Medical Director

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Massey - Captain & Operations Manager

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Paul - Training Pilot

History of the Westpac Air Ambulance

The Westpac Air Ambulance is a nationally recognised, accredited provider of Level 1 and 2 aero-medical transport services, bedside-to-bedside, throughout New Zealand.

Established in the late 1980’s, the Westpac Air Ambulance is equipped with the latest available medical equipment, our highly experienced medical crew can accommodate one or two stretcher patients, non-stop, to any location nationwide.

The Westpac Air Ambulance has a team of experienced, dedicated professionals and is powered by a crew comprising of a Captain, First Officer and Flight Nurse. A transfer can include a HEMS Doctor, Intensive Care Paramedic or the team from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s Westpac Air Ambulance. In addition to the Westpac Air Ambulance, the Trust operates four rescue helicopter bases throughout the central North Island. Together, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.
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