about us

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter services the Central Plateau and Lakes region across the Central North Island. Providing a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Providing a fully-fledged air emergency medical service with the employment of our own full-time experienced Critical Care Flight Paramedics (CCFP), Crewmen and Pilots. Our crews offer a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team brings a specialist skillset, enhancing the safety and efficiency of rescue missions.

The team's expertise means your rescue helicopter can attend search and rescue missions, operations involving a winch, night operations, time-critical inter-hospital transfers, and provide assistance to NZ Fire, Land Search and Rescue and the Armed Offender Squad.

Central Air Ambulance Rescue Limited (CAARL) and Search and Rescue Services Ltd (SRSL) are registered charitable companies that operate 8 rescue helicopter bases covering the Central and Southern North Island, including the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter. To find out more, go to https://www.caarl.org.nz/


vanessa no green 500

Vanessa Richmond

Group Manager

Leads Philips Search & Rescue Trust and oversees the Fundraising, Marketing, Administration & Finance teams
sharni no green 500

Sharni Weir

Fundraising & Marketing Manager

Leads all areas of Fundraising & Marketing. Oversees the delivery of fundraising, marketing & communication strategies
ange no green 500

Angela Cranfield

Finance Manager

Oversees and supports all things related to finance
kirst no green 500

Kirstin Tye

Operations Manager

Leads all areas regarding HR, Training, Office Management & Finance

Renee Bosley

Fundraising & Marketing Executive

Supports the Fundraising & Marketing Manager, funding requirements, events and oversees fundraising campaigns
jenny no green 500

Jenny Barris

Finance Processor

Processes donations that are made across all bases
Ayshea new

Ayshea Abela

Partnerships Coordinator

Supports our sponsors and corporate donor relationships

Kaia MacGregor

Donor Care Coordinator

First point of contact for our generous donors, providing support with whatever they need
Laura square min

Laura Hamilton

Database Coordinator

Undertakes the day-to-day coordination of our database and provides support to our donors
Bridget Ross square min

Bridget Ross

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Manages social media accounts, content creation and communicates with supporters via campaigns & media
Olivia v2

Olivia Martinovich

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Manages social media accounts, content creation and communicates with supporters via campaigns & media
Gillian Patient Liason scaled 2

Gillian Crompton

Marketing & Patient Coordinator

Looks after our community of patients and families, sharing stories with our family of supporters
Milla2 v8

Milla Ware

Fundraising & Marketing Assistant

Supports the everyday functions of the Fundraising and Marketing team

Millie Armory

Fundraising Support

Supports the everyday functions of the Fundraising and Marketing team


Specifications & Equipment

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter is a Kawasaki BK117. This single-pilot twin-engine helicopter has commonly been used as a rescue helicopter due to its speed, reliability and ability to fly close to cliff faces which makes it the best aircraft for all types of missions.


Your Pilots

With proven experience in a diverse range of flying conditions, and logging thousands of flight hours, a rescue helicopter pilot is trusted with the safety of all on board.

Jase - Pilot and Base Manager

Adam - Pilot

Ru - Pilot

Ben - Pilot

Simon - Pilot

Your Crewmen

As the extra eyes and ears for the Pilot and the Critical Care Flight Paramedic during a mission, safety on board and around the aircraft is their priority including winch operation, navigation, obstacle identification and safe landing during flights.

Annika - Crewman

Georgia - Crewman

Zoe - crewman

Bondy - Crewman

Your Critical Care Flight Paramedics

A critical care flight paramedic is trained to perform advanced medical intervention and life-saving procedures within a rescue helicopter environment.

Lorrin - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Michael - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Logan - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Rob - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Tony - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Your Operations Team

Muir - Medical Director

Barry - Pilot Training Manager

Charlie - Chief Pilot

Chris - Chief Operating Officer

Graeme - Clinical Operations Manager

Hugo - Clinical Development Manager

History of the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

Incepted in 1985, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter has since undertaken over 6,254 missions. The service began with a Squirrel helicopter, originally called the Philips Rescue Helicopter and upgraded to the BK117 in April of 2019.

In 2012, Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd became the principal sponsor of the helicopter. By 2019, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter had employed full-time Crewmen and Critical Care Flight Paramedic.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community rescue helicopters, including the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter. Encompassing a fleet of rescue helicopters and fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.
History Carosel AP 11
History Carosel AP 10
History Carosel AP 9
History Carosel AP 8
History Carosel AP 3
History Carosel AP 7
History Carosel AP 2
History Carosel AP1
72715546 2725011994205083 97589907597295616 o 2