New Zealand’s rescue helicopters provide a vital safety net for all people. Performing over 7,590 missions last year and operating nationwide through 16 local rescue helicopter services, many of the rescue helicopters act as flying intensive care units. Along with remote rescue, the highly trained specialist crews have been called upon to perform critical hospital transfers, attend emergency births, and respond to car and boating accidents. In fact they may attend any type of emergency where rapid response or difficult location is a factor. And they’ll do this any time of the day or night, every day of the year, right across the country. The majority of funding for this unique service comes from the community - through sponsors like Westpac and people like you.

Running throughout May, the Westpac Chopper Appeal is our national fundraising event where we raise awareness and funds for the charities that provide New Zealand’s rescue helicopter services and includes a nationwide street appeal. 100% of the money raised from Chopper Appeal goes straight back to the local rescue helicopter service in the area where the funds were raised, meaning money raised locally, stays local. This enables rescue helicopters across the country to continue helping people in a range of emergency situations, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Westpac has been a proud sponsor of rescue helicopter services for over 35 years. They;

  • are the principal sponsor of the Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury rescue helicopter services
  • are an associate sponsor of the West Coast, Tauranga, Taupo, Palmerston North and Rotorua rescue helicopter trusts
  • provide people and funding to promote and manage the annual nationwide fundraising campaign, the Westpac Chopper Appeal. They proudly support all rescue helicopters in New Zealand through their appeal

Please send any queries here 


The Chopper Appeal Charitable Trust.

Charity no. CC53253. IRD no. 119-205-328. 

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