Greenlea Premier Meats started more than 80 years ago with a small butcher shop in Gisborne. Still a family-owned business, it has grown to become global business known today for producing and exporting premier New Zealand beef to over 40 countries around the world.

Officially signing as a principle sponsor for your rescue helicopter in 2012, Greenlea Premier Meats is committed to helping your rescue helicopter be there whenever, and wherever we’re needed. With their help, we’ll be able to save more lives in your community! 


Watch the video below to hear from Tony Egan, Managing Director of Greenlea as he explains who Greenlea are and how their sponsorship with the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter came about.

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter's first mission

On 27 September, 2012 the newly-branded Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew its first mission with Greenlea Premier Meats as the principal sponsor.
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The Launch of HCX

In March 2019, the old HZJ was replaced with a customised BK117, adapted to suit Taupo's various terrains and climate. This green and black helicopter with the distinctive orange tail is now familiar to residents across the Central Plateau, having completed hundreds of missions since.
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Flight for Life

Greenlea sees their sponsorship as a way of giving back to the farmers that support them each and every day. Dedicated sponsor Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd created their Flight for Life programme.

You can help your local rescue helicopter by turning livestock into life stock. Livestock suppliers can nominate proceeds from a specific number of cattle to be donated to their community rescue helicopter.
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