Chopper Rescue Stories

Every year, New Zealand's rescue choppers help thousands of New Zealanders across the country.

 

 

Life-saving surgery

Life-saving surgery

Last year, my husband and I were in the South Island on a campervan holiday. A blood clot had been found in my leg prior to that, so I was on the drug…

Joshua's Story

Joshua's Story

When baby Joshua was born, he was experiencing respiratory distress. He was placed into a special care unit at Tauranga Hospital where he was given ox…

Cliff Rescue

Cliff Rescue

My rescue story: After a track gave out leading to a 10m drop and tumble I was left dazed & battered halfway down a cliff face north of Piha. Fortunat…

Alex Prego’s Story

Alex Prego’s Story

In November last year, following a car accident in the early hours of the morning in Cheviot, I woke up at the Christchurch Public Hospital having bee…

Denis’ Story

Denis’ Story

Having overseas visitors from England to stay was a good opportunity for Denis Gadd to show the avid tramping enthusiasts New Zealand’s walking tracks…

 Waikato to Waitakere

Waikato to Waitakere

In 2008, my daughter Clare was choppered to Waitakere Hospital as her pregnancy was not going well. She needed a Caesarean quickly and Waikato and the…

5 hours to be found

I was involved in a car accident on the 12th of October 2006. Although it has been a long time, when the chopper flies over my house I just remember h…

I was airlifted by Westpac Chopper

On a sunny Sunday afternoon I was fixing a fence in my paddock when my mums bull ran at me and pushed me into the fence and put his horns into me and …

Westpac Rescue saved my life

21 years ago I was accidentally shot at point blank range with a twelve-guage shotgun. I later found out I had a 5% chance of making it. Thanks to t…