Everybody needs a FRIEND watching out for them. For as little as $50 a year you can be a FRIEND of the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter and take pride in knowing you are helping save lives in the Taranaki community.


We watch over our FRIENDS. Should you, or a family member who resides at your home, find yourself in a hospital outside of the Taranaki region, we can provide you with a free hospital-to-hospital repatriation service.

This will allow you to be transported back to Taranaki Base Hospital where you can continue your recovery closer to your own family and friends.

As a FRIEND you are helping save lives and we want to share these life-saving experiences with you. We regularly post these missions on our Facebook page and will also mail out a newsletter to you, providing an update on the missions that have been made possible and the lives you have helped us save.

Your FRIENDS details will also be sent out to you on a membership card and if you have any queries you can always give us a call.

Donations to a charitable trust, like the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, qualify for a 33.33% tax rebate. We will provide you with a tax receipt for your donation.

If you have any questions about coming on board as a FRIEND, please call 0508 4737 283.


Getting your staff to engage with your chosen charity enables the whole community to benefit.

This is a tangible way to engage your staff with a Charity that will save lives in the region where they Work and live.

Talk to us about creating a Business Friends scheme and the possibilities of sponsorship.

Terms & Conditions for FRIENDS transfers.


2016 has been another busy and very challenging year for the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter, but our greatest challenge is the one we are facing right now – and we need your help to see us through.

The Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter is currently grounded and undergoing unexpected, but essential, maintenance. This is coming at a cost of more than $120,000.

What has happened?

We take great pride and care of our Rescue Helicopter. It is an absolute asset – and a necessity – to the wider Taranaki community. To ensure the helicopter is fit to fly we undertake regular routine checks. It was during one of these checks that corrosion was found on the cladding around the transmission.

Corrosion is a common problem for helicopters, particularly ones that operate in coastal environments. Our Rescue Helicopter is currently in Auckland where engineers are working on it to make it safe for flying again. This is expected to take up to eight weeks.

Calling for your support

During this time, we have taken measures to ensure Taranaki still has the services of a rescue helicopter. We are leasing a replacement helicopter but this incurs additional costs.

As a Trust, we have a small reserve to cover the unexpected; however, the cost of this repair leaves us with no contingency fund.

We therefore need your help and we make no apologies in asking for your support in our time of need.

As a FRIEND and supporter of the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter, we are truly grateful for your continued generosity. On this occasion, we are asking you to please give us a little more to help bring our Rescue Helicopter home to Taranaki skies.




By supporting the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, your company is ensuring there is a fast, life-saving air rescue service available for our community.

Working together we can save lives. In return, we can provide you with a mutually beneficial partnership and work together to achieve mutual business goals.

How we can work together:

  • Sponsor a Mission
  • Pledge a donation
  • Nominate us as your Charity of the Year
  • Employee fundraising activities
  • Encourage payroll giving (a tax-efficient way to donate)
  • Sponsor a piece of equipment

Whatever your sponsorship objectives, we look forward to working towards a bespoke solution that caters to your requirements.


There are many levels that companies can support the Trust that in turn can also help your company promote your community responsibility values to your 
customers and staff:

  • $300 – framed photo of helicopter
  • $500 – Supporters logo, personalised framed photo
  • $2,000 – Supporters logo; framed photo of the helicopter signed by the crew and personalised to your business; entry in the three month draw for logo on nose of helicopter


The benefits in sponsoring a mission are:

  • A framed dedicated ‘Mission Sponsorship’ certificate detailing a specific mission, dedicating the mission to your business/organisation. This is a tangible gift to your community that you can showcase to your customers, staff and set you apart from your competitors.
  • Three entries into our annual six-month signage draw for six months signage on the nose-cone of the helicopter.
  • A framed photograph of the helicopter, signed by the crew and personalised to your business/organisation.
  • Acknowledgement of your business in our bi-annual newsletters – this goes to 23,000 families and businesses in the region.
  • Use of our official Corporate Supporter’s Logo for your marketing purposes for a 12 month period.
  • Each full mission sponsorship is $5,000.



A three year commitment will enable the Trust to provide their sponsors with prominent brand identification on all promotional material, publicly recognising its partners who make the rescue helicopter operational viable.


  • Logo placement on helicopter
  • Signage at hangar
  • Sponsor recognition online and on promotional and communication collateral
  • Access to imagery and content
  • Speaking engagements by the Crew and/or other staff for customer workshops or staff training.
  • Use of the Hangar for training and community beneficial purposes as agreed.
  • Dedicated staff to ensure sponsorship delivers a real return on investment.


The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust is seeking naming rights sponsors for the MARINE RESCUE and ALPINE RESCUE teams.

A three year commitment will enable the Trust to provide their sponsors with prominent brand identification on all promotional material, publicly recognising its partners who make the rescue helicopter operational viable.

The sponsorship funds would cover the annual training needs of the crew and pilots – including the flying required in both the marine or alpine environment.


  • Naming rights of one of the rescue teams – ie: ‘XXXXXX’ MARINE RESCUE TEAM
  • Original team logo design
  • Prominent logo placement on helicopter
  • Crew dressed in branded overalls, apparel
  • Experiential opportunities
  • Signage at hangar
  • Sponsor recognition online and on promotional and communication collateral
  • Speaking engagements by the Crew and/or other staff for customer workshops or staff training.
  • Use of the Hangar for training and community beneficial purposes as agreed.
  • Dedicated staff to ensure sponsorship delivers a real return on investment.


You don’t have to take part in a scheduled event to raise money for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter. It’s easy to support us by organising your own activity. Get together with friends, family, work colleagues, club members or school friends.
Just decide what you’d like to do and register with us so that we can provide fundraising advice and donation forms to help make your event a success.

Here are just a few ideas we have come up with:

  • Sponsored silence
  • Non-uniform day
  • Bike rides
  • Sponsored sing-song
  • Scooter runs
  • Coffee mornings
  • Cake Sales
  • Car washing and car boot sales
  • Classical concert
  • Battle of the bands
  • Comedy night
  • Quiz night



The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust (TRHT) is a charity.  The Trust is extremely grateful for all community based fundraising efforts and as such likes to assist where possible and acknowledge those involved appropriately.

We have developed a fundraising POLICY in order to:

  1. Ensure fundraising activities are carried out in an ethical manner.
  2. Establish guidelines and procedures for receiving and receipting money from community groups.
  3. Maximise benefit from fundraising opportunities and donations.
  4. Establish guidelines for using any TRHT primary or associate sponsors name, logo, brand or imagery for fundraising purposes.

Groups within the community who wish to use any of the TRHT rescue helicopter brands as the recipient of fundraising activities must agree to adhere to the following standards:

  • Fundraising activities will comply with all relevant laws and local/regional regulations.
  • Any communications to the public or media made in the course of carrying out a fundraising activity shall be truthful and non-deceptive.
  • All monies raised via fundraising activities will be for the stated purpose of the appeal with the final sum made public.
  • Prior approval to use the rescue helicopter logo(s) or photos must be granted in writing by TRHT.
  • An ‘Intention to Fundraise’ form will be submitted by the fundraiser to TRHT, outlining the event: what, when, where, how, estimated income and date when raised funds will be banked and by whom.
  • Fundraising activities should not be undertaken if they may be detrimental to the good name or community standing of the rescue helicopter or any of its sponsors.

Funds raised in a public setting (ie gold coin donation collections in a public place) cannot be receipted for tax purposes to the individual or organisation collecting the funds.  A written letter of acknowledgement will be issued from the rescue helicopter service stating that Trust has received the funds, but this letter cannot be used for Inland Revenue purposes.

Rescue helicopter logos or photos must be used with the permission of TRHT (using contact details below) and used only for the sole purpose of the fundraising activity.  Whilst media and online publicity is good for promoting an event, no fundraiser has the permission to provide the media with any comments regarding the operations of the rescue helicopter service.

TRHT has a number of promotional channels with which some community events and fundraising activities may be endorsed and promoted by the service, including website, selected newspapers and radio.  Please contact us if you need some assistance with promoting your event.

Please contact us to receive an Intention to Fundraise Application Form : or telephone the office.



An elite club to only 100 members. For your donation of $1000.00 we will provide a certificate of membership and a Limited edition cap embroidered with your initials and official membership number.

To become a member contact the hangar on (06) 753 7620 or email



Setting up a regular donation can be an easy process when using Payroll Giving. Each time you are paid by your employer, your donation will be made directly to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter.

Payroll giving is administered through the online PAYE tax system, so we recommend checking with your employer to see if they are set up for this.

All donations over $5 qualify for an immediate 33.33% tax rebate each payday. You will not need to wait until the end of the year to claim your tax credit as you will receive it each time your donation is processed with your pay.



Our life-saving service is available because of the ongoing support of our community. Leaving a legacy in your Will will ensure we can continue this service long into the future.

A gift lift in your Will, at any value, is received with sincere gratitude. Once a bequest is in place we appreciate you telling us so we can personally thank you for your support and plan for the future.

Gift Options:

Residual Gift – After providing for your family, you may nominate a part or all of what is remaining of your estate (the residual) to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

Percentage – You may leave a nominated percentage or fraction of your estate to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

Special Gift – You may choose to leave a set amount of money, real estate, jewellery, shares, bonds or any other gift you wish to nominate.


Please use this form to make an online donation to support the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

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