BACKGROUND

Westpac was first established in New Zealand in 1861 and has since been growing with the nation. It is now one of the largest banks in New Zealand with over 1 million customers nationwide.

Westpac has been supporting New Zealand rescue helicopters since 1981, and is the principal sponsor of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, as well as an associate sponsor of the TECT Rescue Helicopter, Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter. Westpac promote and manage the Westpac Chopper Appeal which runs nationwide and aims to raise over $1 million for New Zealand's rescue helicopters each year.

Chopper Appeal

Every May, Westpac runs the Westpac Chopper Appeal to raise donations and spread awareness of the amazing work all of New Zealand's rescue helicopters do.

You can see photos of the crew and the Westpac team shaking their buckets to help raise money on the 2021 Chopper Appeal street appeal day!
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Volunteering at Open Days

Westpac's support doesn't just come in the form of donations. Westpac staff will often volunteer to help out at our open days!

Here are some photos from the 2021 Open Days for the TECT Rescue Helicopter & Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, showing the Westpac staff helping out in the kids section. Staff helped with the colouring competition and badge making, handed out stickers and collected donations at the face painting.
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