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Proudly serving the Taranaki region since 1992


Here for you

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust is the charity responsible for providing an emergency rescue helicopter service to the Taranaki regional community. 


When there is a life-threatening emergency, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter is available 24/7/365 to provide a fast, life-saving air rescue and medical service.


What we do

Equipped with life-saving equipment, skilled rescue personnel, and trauma-trained medics, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter is a critical emergency asset for the Taranaki region.


Our commitment to providing this essential service, free of charge, remains steadfast, ensuring we're always here for you, your loved ones, and the wider community, both today and in the years ahead.


Taranaki's diverse natural landscape—its peaks, rivers, and coastline—poses significant challenges during emergencies. We take pride in our collaborative approach, working hand in hand with other rescue services to minimise loss of life in our community. Powered by a team of expert pilots, crew members, and paramedics, our rapid response is second to none. When every second counts, it's our agility, speed, and expertise that can make all the difference, enabling patients to receive crucial medical care enroute to a medical facility.


Our funding comes from contracts with NASO (National Ambulance Sector Office), which manages relationships with ACC and Health New Zealand. Additionally, NZ Police and RCCNZ (Rescue Coordination Centre) pay for our services on a fee-for-service basis whenever our helicopter is deployed.

our mission

To enhance the lives of everyone in the Taranaki region with the provision of a professional and sustainable rescue helicopter service.