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Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopters Annual Appeal 2015

$669 donated
Given by 14 generous donors in 10 weeks

Our annual appeal is underway so whether you visit Northland for holidays or are a local, they’re there for you if you ever need them.


Annually the operation transports over 800 patients and clocks up well over 1000 hours in the air as it covers the longest length of coastline of any rescue helicopter service in New Zealand.

Since its first flight in 1988, the service has flown more than 17,000 missions and as demand continues to grow, so does the need for more funding.

We are so thankful for the generosity our community shows and the time our various ambassadors commit to spreading the word. We need that because every dollar counts. We are aiming to raise well over $200,000 in public donations during the 2015 fundraising appeal, so we need people you dig deep now.

Your generosity helps to cover the following costs:

Cape Reinga to Whangarei Hospital $8,000

Kaitaia to Whangarei Hospital $6,000

Kaeo to Whangarei Hospital $4,800

Rawene to Whangarei Hospital $4,000

Kawakawa or Dargaville to Whangarei Hospital $3,000

Whangarei Hospital to Auckland $6,000

The NEST helicopters fly at around 300 km per hour.

In one year they cover around 300,000 km, this is 7 timesaround the world!

In one year about 420,000 litres of fuel is used (10 of thebig tankers worth)

The blades go around about 20 million times in a year (they should last about 25 years and a full set is worth just on $1 million).

Cost just over $550,000 on fuel in 2014

Maintenance costs $1.4 million annually

To buy a new helicopter – approx. $15 million NZ

Current helicopters worth approx. $2.6 million each

About us

The Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) is a charitable trust established to provide a dedicated emergency rescue helicopter service for the people of Northland. The Trust is supported by the generous contributions made by local sponsors, individuals, families, businesses and organisations.

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Back in the saddle  28 September 2015

Posted by: Vanessa Furze

Northland dressage rider Julie Flintoff was kicked in the head by her horse Belladonna. She lay on the ground bleeding, her face shattered by the powerful blow. The 23-year-old lost the sight in her right eye but her positive attitude has seen her return to the saddle, play a major role in her netball team’s success and run the Kerikeri half marathon. Julie and her mum Kay talk to reporter Kristin Edge about the journey.

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 29 Oct 2015
Goodleys on 23 Oct 2015
Would love to give more but at the moment this is all we can afford. Thanks for all you do not that we have had to use the helicopter thank goodness but we know how important it is to the community. Thanks
Glennie van Prehn
Glennie van Prehn on 07 Oct 2015
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Guest Donor on 05 Oct 2015
May you forever find the wings to fly
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Guest Donor on 30 Sep 2015

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This campaign started on 18 Aug 2015 and ended on 31 Oct 2015.