Methanex Supports Taranaki Rescue Helicopter

Methanex New Zealand is renewing its support of the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, which includes the naming rights for the Rescue Winch for the next three years.

Methanex Managing Director Dean Richardson says he’s thrilled to announce the company’s increased support of the Taranaki Helicopter Trust, which aligns with Methanex’s focus on safety and wellbeing in communities in which the company operates.

“Methanex has supported the Helicopter Trust for more than twenty years and we’ve always acknowledged the vital service the Trust provides. This partnership increases our level of support and ensures the ongoing servicing and maintenance of the winch, which allows the crew access in difficult terrain to lift patients to safety,” he says.

“Many of our staff enjoy the outdoors and our facilities are located in a rural community, and we’re proud to support the life-saving services of the rescue helicopter. Fast and professional access to emergency services is vital to the Taranaki region.”

Evan Cottam, Chair of the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, says the Trust is extremely grateful for Methanex’s commitment and support especially following a challenging 2020.

“This generous sponsorship comes at a time when we continue to assess our operations post COVID-19. The support from our community has been already been overwhelming, and this injection from this successful local business consolidates that foundation and provides some certainty over the next three years,” says Cottam.

The sponsorship will be acknowledged with branding on the rescue helicopter and the rescue winch officially dubbed the “Methanex Rescue Winch”.

“It is because of sponsors like Methanex that our Rescue Helicopter remains one of the country’s essential rescue helicopter services,” Cottam says.

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter has completed 193 missions so far this year. The Methanex Rescue Winch sponsorship took affect this month.


About Methanex
Methanex is New Zealand’s only methanol manufacturer – with three production facilities in Taranaki: two at Motunui and one in the Waitara Valley near New Plymouth – providing the capacity to produce up to 2.2 million tonnes of methanol annually. Approximately 95 per cent of the methanol we produce is exported to the Asia Pacific region.

Methanex Rescue Winch