Call for Kiwis to give generously to support their local rescue helicopter service

Call for Kiwis to give generously to support their local rescue helicopter service

When something goes wrong up a mountain or on a lake or in a paddock, New Zealand’s rescue helicopters are there.

That’s why Westpac is using this year’s Chopper Appeal to highlight the role of helicopter crews in our rugged, rural and remote outdoors – a place Westpac describes as “Chopper Country”.

More than 7000 missions were undertaken by local rescue helicopters around the country last year.

The Chopper Appeal aims to raise funds and continued awareness for the rescue helicopter services with all donations going back to the region they are collected from.

Westpac NZ General Manager of Consumer Bank and Wealth, Simon Power, says the helicopters mean the difference between life and death for many New Zealanders.

“Westpac has been a big supporter of the choppers because they’re there for Kiwis when something unexpectedly goes wrong.

“They allow us to still do the things we want to do, from living in remote locations to exploring the far reaches of our beautiful country.

“That might mean going for a tramp in the Hunua Ranges or heading on to the Hauraki Gulf for a spot of fishing.”

The funding for this invaluable service comes from individuals in the community, fundraising activities, and sponsors like Westpac - a proud supporter for over 35 years.

Running throughout May, the Westpac Chopper Appeal is supported by fundraising activities in schools and community centres, as well as a nationwide street appeal on Friday May 18.

Westpac funds the marketing and administration costs of the Appeal, and distributes all of the funds raised back to donors’ local rescue helicopter trust.

Go to for more information and to donate.

Ways you can donate this Chopper Appeal:

• at any Westpac Branch
• online at
• text your postcode to 2449 to make a $3 donation.*

Westpac is the principal sponsor of the Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury Westpac rescue helicopters.

The annual Westpac Chopper Appeal helps raise funds for all regional rescue helicopter services around New Zealand.

*For text donations, additional network charges may apply. 100% of your donation goes to your local chopper. Terms and conditions apply, to view please visit

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