Please help your rescue crew save more lives

Accident or emergency situations can happen anywhere, anytime. Night or day. Road, mountain, land or sea. Residence, rural or remote. It’s what happens next that matters.

Urgent treatment means a greater chance of patient recovery. When the TECT Rescue Helicopter is tasked to a life-saving emergency rescue via the emergency 111 call system, it is the best and often the only option, bringing life-saving equipment and trauma-trained Critical Care Flight Paramedics directly to the patient.

Founded in 2000, the TECT Rescue Helicopter is a free emergency rescue service for the Bay of Plenty region, on call 24/7 to support land and ocean emergencies and urgent island healthcare services to areas including Matakana Island.

We cannot do what we do without the support of our community. We rely on the kindness of people like you to save lives every day.
Recent Missions

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

TECT Rescue Helicopter

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter


Paul had the Life-Saving Flight he Needed - Because of You
For Paul Foote, the day began like any other day. He never could have imagined what the day would bring, or that he would need a life-saving flight in the TECT Rescue Helicopter.
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Your Support was Life-Saving for Dave
From the moment he woke up that morning, Dave felt dreadful. Every time he stood up his world spun. “I felt I’d gone six rounds with Mohammad Ali,” said Dave.
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Why your gift matters so much
Saying “see you later,” to fellow gym goers, Gary Cassidy finished his workout, got into his car and headed, not for home, but for Whakatane Hospital.
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