080714 NEWS Andy Jackson / Taranaki Daily News. Aerial Photos, Generic photos. Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, Mt Taranaki, Urenui.


The twin-engine Agusta 109 Power provides the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust with a rescue machine that can be reconfigured for a number of role specific missions.

Operational response capability:

  • Emergency air ambulance response
  • Search and rescue – marine, off-shore
  • Search and rescue – alpine
  • Winch operations
  • Night operations
  • Inter-hospital transfers
  • Beacon & EPIRB Searches (121.500 & 406,025 Mhz)
  • Airborne Surveillance / Reconnaissance / Communications Platform
  • Rapid AOS / SAR / Fire Team Deployment

Agusta A109E Power specifications:

  • Twin Engine Pratt & Whitney 206C (640 horsepower each)
  • Full Factory fitted EMS Kit with Two Stretcher capability
  • Permanently mounted 600 lb (272kg) Breeze Eastern Variable Speed Winch
  • Beacon Locator Becker SAR-DF 517
  • Garmin 500 GPS Mapping System
  • DZM2 Flight Following System with real-time Internet Tracking
  • Sliding Doors both sides for open SAR platform
  • Standard Fuel Load = 2.5 hrs Operational Flight Time
  • Cruise Speed = 135 kts IAS per hr (250 kph)
  • Max Seating = 8 PAX (including the Pilot and Crewman)
  • Cell, Satellite and Trunk Radio Phone Communications
  • Compatible comms with Tower, Police, Ambulance, Fire, DOC, RCC, Hospital & Land-line interface
  • EAM Off-shore Life Raft
  • Weather Radar System
  • Panasonic Toughbook with real time mapping
  • Night Vision Goggles Anvis 9


In 2000, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter was able to move all its stored equipment from a 20ft Hookers container into a purpose built hangar at the Base Hospital.

Primarily constructed by Fletcher Construction and with the assistance of a number of specialist contractors, a huge contingency of volunteers and a massive amount of support from the Taranaki community the hangar provides a place for our whole team to reside.

With space for offices, equipment, storage, lockers and changing rooms along with incident command, training and meeting facilities, this valuable facility not only serves as home for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, but also an operational training base for our pilots, crew and administration staff.