Life Flight

Each week 28 people need time-critical aeromedical care. With your support, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Air Ambulance Planes are there in their moment of need.

Air Ambulance Planes

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Your Air Ambulance Planes

Nationwide bed-to-bed service.


  • Provides 24/7 emergency medical service
  • Charges $0 to patients
  • Can fly 3 patients at once

Your crew

The crew

Flying 24/7 thanks to your generous donations.

  • Pilot

    In addition to meticulously managing every flight detail, our dedicated pilots prioritize the safety and comfort of patients. This commitment extends to providing extra-soft landings for patients with spinal injuries and maintaining stable air pressure for those with brain injuries. Our pilots are provided by AirFreight New Zealand.
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  • Crewperson

    You may find the crewperson managing communications, equipment, loading and unloading patients, and helping with patient care in the air. The crew are essential to ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.
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  • Flight doctor / nurse

    The flight nurses and doctors from Health NZ require specialist aero-medical training - to be a member of this team requires significant skill and experience. They ensure patients receive the highest level of care from bed to bed.
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Equipment onboard

Rescue Equipment


  • Base lifter

    With incubators and stretchers weighing over 100 kilos, the base lifters ensure the safety of our patients as we load and unload them onto our Air Ambulance Planes.
  • Ventilator

    The intensive-care ventilator helps patients breathe when they cannot do so themselves.
  • Zoll monitor

    Continuously monitors a patient's heart rhythm and can provide shocks if necessary to restore a regular heartbeat. Most patients are attached to the Zoll Monitor and their vitals are tracked throughout the flight.
  • Stryker stretcher

    This stretcher smoothly and safely transports patients in and out of the aircraft, with foldable legs and the ability to attach all necessary monitoring devices.

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