Over 23,000 passengers to date.
We've been there to carry people to safety when they need us most.
Supporting Northland for over 30 years
Our choppers operate as the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST).
We’re there for anyone that needs us
Whether you're a local, a Kiwi holidaying in the region, we're there for you if you need us.
A non-profit registered charity
We’re funded by local sponsors, individuals, families, businesses and organisations.
We’ve been caring for Northland for over three decades
In that time we’ve carried over 21,000 people to safety. Whether they’ve been locals, other Kiwis holidaying in the area or overseas visitors to our beautiful region – we answer the call for help when we’re needed.
There when you need us
We operate thanks to the support of people like you
We’re a non-profit registered charity, owned by the Northland community. We’re funded by local sponsors, individuals, families, businesses and organisations.
Donations are a vital source of revenue for us
We need your fundraising support
While donations equate to approximately 5% of our revenue, this percentage is essential for our operations. Without these contributions, we would be short of funds and unable to operate at our current level. We have managed to stay community-owned and supported for the last 25 years, and your continued support helps it stay this way.Find out more
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Essential services for the region
We know about Northland’s unsealed roads, our changeable weather and the fact that our people live over a wide-spread area that’s often difficult to access quickly by road. We’re also aware of the increased risk of death and serious injury caused when medical treatment is delayed – all of which makes Northland’s Rescue Helicopter service so essential.
“I truly believe that it was through the doctors care at both hospitals, and also the speed in which I was able to be transported to Auckland, that saved my life.”
“The pure speed that the rescue helicopter could offer me, to get me to help without ensuring more pain – it was amazing. The sights those pilots and paramedics must see, what amazing people to face that each day. I was a hell of a mess and they were just so professional.”
“You never know when you are going to need it. I have been on the scene at crashes before and assisted the helicopter when they arrived, but this was so different being the one that needed help. I can’t speak highly enough of them, I really can’t. They helped save my life as I know it, I really believe that.”
“Those rescue helicopters really do save lives. When time is of the essence, they make it anywhere quicker. Time can be so crucial and they make all the difference. I make sure I donate now – it is the least I can do. I more than appreciate the job that they do for us and donating money to them is the least I can do to say thank you. I am forever grateful.”
Renee HenareCable Bay
“In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the Northland Rescue Helicopter that day and getting us to Whangarei so quickly, I think my baby would not have made it. I don’t think she would be here with me now.”
We are proudly supported by a number of sponsors
NEST would also like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the people of Northland, without whose ongoing support we would be unable to maintain this valuable service.