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

  • Westpac Rescue wins Most Trusted Charity Brand

    In the 2024 Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand awards, a survey of 1800 Kiwis found Westpac Rescue to be the Most Trusted Brand in the charity category. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

  • Westpac Chopper Appeal Quiz

    On Wednesday the 12th of June, come test your trivia prowess at the Westpac Chopper Appeal Quiz. Have some fun while raising money for your local rescue chopper!

  • Westpac Chopper Street Appeal

    We need your help on Thursday May 2nd! Can you gift an hour or two of your time to help keep the Westpac Chopper in the air? Join hundreds of wonderful Kiwis as we raise life-saving funds.

  • Life Flight Open Day

    Open Day is back in 2024 - get up close with emergency services and watch your Westpac Chopper demonstrate a winch rescue. It's an action-packed day for you, your family and friends.

  • Seven Sharp Spotlight

    Thanks to Seven Sharp for shining a spotlight on the amazing work our Air Ambulance teams do, day in, day out. Watch them introduce our lifesaving new fleet.

  • Above and Beyond

    On November 16th, Crewman Mike brought us behind the scenes of the Westpac Chopper for a free Webinar "Above and Beyond."

  • Life Flight Gala, presented by Hiremaster

    Once a year, we open our doors to Life Flight's sponsors, partners, donors, and friends for a fantastic evening dining experience.

  • ELE Champions Charity Luncheon

    The ELE Champions Charity Luncheon is a celebration of NZ sporting legends, with generous guests coming together in a charity auction to raise vital funds for Life Flight.

  • An evening with Shaun Wallace

    Get ready for an exhilarating quiz night on Sunday, 4 June with the one and only Shaun Wallace, one of the most beloved Chasers in television history.

  • dog

    Doggy Day Out

    Bring your furry friend to Henley Lake, Masterton - Saturday 13th of May for a whole load of family fun.

  • 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

    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.

Share this page: