Call for people to give generously to their local rescue chopper service

Luke Parker
Call for people to give generously to their local rescue chopper service

More than 7,590 rescue missions were undertaken by local rescue helicopters around New Zealand last year.

As part of this month’s nationwide Westpac Chopper Appeal, the 16 rescue helicopter services operating around the country are asking Kiwis to give generously to get behind their local helicopter.

The 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.

SEE ALSO: Chopper Appeal Month events around NZ

Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, says the country’s rescue helicopter services often make a life or death difference for many New Zealanders.

“The rescue choppers are intensive care units providing a dedicated 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service. Without them, the reality is many Kiwis could lose their lives because help cannot reach them in time.”

Ms Foley says sadly there will be thousands who will need their local chopper over the coming year and that is why we should all support this amazing service.

“We never know whose turn will be next to need the service which is why it’s important we all give generously as every donation counts.”

The choppers respond to medical and accident emergencies where getting to hospital as quickly as possible can make a big difference to the health and recovery of patients.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Appeal

The majority of funding for this unique service comes from the community – from sponsors like Westpac, a proud supporter for 35 years, and other fundraising activities.

Running throughout May, the Westpac Chopper Appeal is supported by open days at the helicopter bases, a variety of fundraising activities in schools and community centres, as well as a nationwide street appeal on Friday May 6.

Westpac funds the marketing and administration costs of the Appeal, and distributes 100% of funds raised back to the local rescue helicopter trust.


Secure your spot on The People’s Chopper

New Zealand’s rescue helicopters rely on donations from everyday people. So this Chopper Appeal, we want to give you a spot on the side of a rescue helicopter to recognise your support.

Everyone who donates online at during May will have the unique opportunity to upload their Facebook profile picture and we’ll print it on one of NZ’s rescue helicopters, making it The People’s Chopper.

The People’s Chopper will be around for New Zealand to check out throughout June, including at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. You can also look out for photos and video of The People’s Chopper on Facebook and Instagram.


Donations for the 2016 Westpac Chopper Appeal can be made:

• at any Westpac Branch
• on the web at to get your Facebook profile picture printed on the side of The People’s Chopper

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.

SEE ALSO: Chopper Appeal Month events around NZ

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