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Meet our team

Our team is made up of highly trained, passionate and dedicated people. Learn about them and the diversity of their roles.

Life Flight Crew

Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Air Ambulance Plane crew are highly trained specialists. They are responsible for coordinating our emergency air services and ensuring a safe and secure working environment at all times.

The crews’ search and rescue skills enable them to pull a victim out of a raging sea, find a lost person in dense bush and orientate our pilots when flying the helicopter close to cliff edges, boat masts and other challenging obstacles.

The crew keeps all relevant parties informed of a patient’s status throughout a transfer including hospitals, road ambulances and air traffic control. The crew are essential to ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.

  • Colin Larsen

    Colin

    Helicopter Crew

    A Life Flight Crewman since 2006, I’m a qualified Emergency Medical Technician and hold a National Diploma in Ambulance.

  • Ian

    Plane Crew

    I have had a long involvement in the aviation industry and I regularly fly for fun on my days off. I am happy when flying, but the most gratification comes from helping our patients.

  • Jo

    Plane Crew

    I've been part of the Life Flight crew since 2014. I love being able to help patients and families in their time of need. I am also a full-time Ambulance Officer. 

  • Jodie Burton

    Jodie

    Helicopter and Plane Crew

    I joined the team in 2016 following work in the outdoor industry and in Nursing and Paramedicine.

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  • Joseph Higgins

    Joseph

    Plane Crew

    Being a Crewman is challenging and very rewarding. You never know what your next shift will bring. 

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  • Julian

    Helicopter Crew

    I volunteered with Life Flight in 1999 for a couple years before coming on-board full time in 2009. In addition to being a Crewman, I am also the winch instructor for the Trust.

  • Kenneth

    Plane Crew

    I am the newest member of the Life Flight crew. I began working here in 2017. 

  • Logan

    Helicopter Crew

    I have proudly been part of Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter team since 2006.

  • Matt

    Plane Crew

    I’ve been in the ambulance service since 2009 and have a  passion for all things aviation. This is my dream job.

  • Mike

    Helicopter Crew

    Prior to joining Life Flight in 2015, I worked for several heli operators around the world, working on wildfire, utility, aerial crane and logging operations.

  • Phil Harris

    Phil

    Plane Crew

    I've been with Life Flight for more than 30 years. I still love what I am doing, helping other people and being part of a great team. I'm also a volunteer station officer for NZ Fire & Emergency.

  • Scott

    Plane Crew

    I’ve been a Crewman since 2012. The role compliments my full-time job as a Firefighter at Wellington Airport. I am a Wairarapa resident with a lifestyle block near Carterton.

  • Steve

    Plane Crew

    I have been with Life Flight for over 15 years as a Air Ambulance Plane Crewman. I enjoy working at Life Flight, with a great team of like-minded, dedicated people.