News and events
Life Flight Open Day
Open Day is back in 2023 - 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.
Kaikōura Water Rescue
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter team winches three people off a boat near Kaikōura. No power and battling high waves, the boat sank five minutes later.
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.
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.