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.

News and events

  • A step up thanks to the Nikau Foundation

    The Westpac Rescue Helicopter trailer, a sturdy former wool bale trolley, plays an important role in enabling safe and efficient journeys. When it was time for a replacement, the Nikau Foundation kindly stepped up.

  • New Ultrasound Device for Emergency Response

    Life Flight were delighted to receive funding from Pub Charity for a new specialised piece of medical equipment for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

  • Life Flight wins big at FINZ awards

    The Fundraising Institute of New Zealand hosted a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate and recognise the work of charities across the country. Life Flight was among the recipients of these awards, including Overall Excellence in Fundraising.

  • Accuro Health Insurance partners with Life Flight Trust

    Two long-standing Wellington-based organisations dedicated to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders have announced a new partnership. Not-for-profit Kiwi health insurer Accuro is now the principal Air Ambulance supporter for the Life Flight Trust.

  • Yellow helmet with night vision goggles attached

    Equipment spotlight: Night Vision Goggles

    Essential for nearly a quarter of our missions, night vision goggles magnify ambient light thousands of times, allowing the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to land on unlit roads, in paddocks, and conduct search and rescue missions in the middle of the night.

  • Service, commitment, and operational excellence honoured at NZ Search and Rescue Awards

    Life Flight received the Gold Award for Operational Activity for a very significant contribution to search and rescue in the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region during 2020.

  • Westpac NZ donates extra $1m to rescue helicopters

    Westpac NZ is donating an extra $1 million to support New Zealand’s rescue helicopters, which are facing a serious fundraising shortfall due to the impacts of COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Coronavirus Response

    Life Flight was quick to respond when word of a new COVID-19 Coronavirus was spreading rapidly throughout the world. Teaming with various organisations we were able to adapt and keep our patients, crew and community safe.

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