Close to $60,000 was raised for the Palmerston North rescue helicopter during Westpac Chopper Appeal week.
The May fundraiser saw $1,383,505.20 raised for 16 rescue choppers across the country, including $58,732.47 for the Palmerston North service.
"We are very grateful to the generosity of everyone who gave of their time, money and resources to see such a fantastic amount collected for our local chopper service,'' Palmerston North base manager Chris Moody said.
''It means a lot to have the community rally behind what we do. Thank you to every person who made this possible as well as the support from Westpac through the Chopper Appeal every year."
Westpac director of corporate affairs Sue Foley said the total raised is another fantastic effort.
"New Zealanders have again shown amazing support for their local rescue helicopters. Their generosity continues to ensure this vital emergency service can stay in the air and carry out life-saving rescue missions every day," Foley said.
If you had a choice, which would you prefer on Christmas day?Related story: Sun takes a Christmas holiday