Nelson Rescue Helicopter

Plan to link hospitals

A daily service between Wairau and Nelson will reduce the number of helicopter transfers.

Callouts sky-high in summer

The height of summer is always a busy time for the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter team and this season is proving no different.

Two air rescues over night

A tramper and a mountain biker have been rescued by helicopter, in a busy month for emergency services.

Busy new year for emergency services

Rescue helicopter staff and emergency services responded to a raft of weekend call-outs.

Rescue helicopter busy

The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter had a busy day on January 1, with three callouts that came almost back-to-back.

Rescue chopper demand begins

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter has started its busy summer season, rescuing people in medical emergencies.

Busy day for rescue helicopter

Two separate outdoor incidents yesterday saw the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter called out to take patients to Nelson Hospital.

Rescue chopper gifted gadget

A $20,000 piece of technology has been gifted to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter to help improve search and communication capabilities.

Rescue rate taking toll

Big screen

Heavy workload for rescue helicopter stretches resources and leaves crew exhausted.

Crash victim flown to hospital

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

A person was flown to Nelson Hospital with back injuries after a 4WD crash at Belgrove yesterday.

Ride gives chopper rescue a lift

Argosy Restaurant

The Ulysses Club has shown its support for the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter by raising more than $1100.

Hunter becomes the hunted

Kaye McNabb

Gunshots and shouting helped search and rescue effort to find hunter lost in darkness and heavy snow.

Helicopter callout leads to donation

After the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter came to a colleague's aid, Colin Curtain decided something give back.

Ski injuries keep chopper busy

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter had a hectic weekend of callouts, including skifield and tramping injuries.

Two hurt on skifield

Two people with back injuries after separate accidents were airlifted from the Rainbow Ski Area yesterday

Rescue a 'valuable lesson'

Hunter grateful for chopper lifesavers

Graham Loveridge

Karl Cossgrove visited the helicopter's Nelson Airport base yesterday to thank its crew for his rescue high in the Nelson Lakes National Park two weeks ago.

Busy chopper in rescue drama

Rescue of a "very ill" fisherman made more challenging by huge ocean swells and strong wind.

Open day a big hit with public

Rampton Trophy

A crowd of thousands flocked to Nelson Airport yesterday for the fifth annual open day of the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Best dressed will fly

ough Rescue Helicopter

Four children who dress up as their star or the emergency service worker they like best could win themselves a ride in the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter as part of the helicopter base's open day on May 4.

Rescue chopper gets a facelift

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter has a new distinctive red and white paint job.

Rescuers applaud locator beacon

Angela Elliott

Search and rescue experts say tramping and caving mishaps in the region over summer show the importance of carrying a personal location beacon.

Chopper flies in to help tourist

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

A woman who suffered a shoulder injury during a rafting trip was airlifted to Nelson Hospital.

Two rescued after boat blaze

burning boat

Two people were rescued from a small dinghy after their boat caught fire off Pepin Island yesterday afternoon.

Truck and van collide on saddle

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

A 62-year-old woman was flown to hospital after the van she was driving collided head-on with a truck.

Man rescued after truck rolls

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopte

A 45-year-old man trapped when a truck rolled on him was rescued and airlifted to hospital yesterday.

City's heart care tops list

Brian and Fennella Dalton


Cardiologist Andrew Hamer says Nelson Hospital has the lowest rate of acute admission for heart failure in New Zealand.

Man airlifted to hospital

Wash bridge crash

A 33-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a head-on collision near the Wash Bridge yesterday.

No time to mingle for chopper crew


The Nelson Rescue Helicopter crew cut short a fundraising dinner to attend a serious road crash.

Family praise chopper lifeline



The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter is holding its annual appeal day on Friday. It needs to raise $500,000 from the community. Sally Kidson talks to two people who used the service last year.

Air rescue open day a hit

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

The most successful Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Base Open Day so far raised $10,000 for the service.

Driver hurt in rollover

Truck toppled in Motueka crash

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A 39-year-old driver suffered moderate back injuries when his truck left the road and rolled down a bank in the Stanley Brook area, Motueka Valley, this morning.

Motorcyclist injured in Murchison

Murchison crash

A motorcyclist is in a stable condition in Nelson Hospital after being injured in crash near Murchison.

Father and son injured in explosion

A father and son suffered injuries after their boat was engulfed in a fireball at Waikawa Marina.

Taste Nelson seeks stars


The team behind Taste Nelson and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter are giving four lucky people the chance to spend a day living like a star.

Accidental activation sparks search

A beacon accidentally switched on sparked an overnight search which ended this morning after the signal was tracked to a glider parked on the ground.

Glider crashes at St Arnaud

glider strap

A Christchurch man has been airlifted to Nelson Hospital with spinal injuries after his glider spun out of control during a landing.

Man cut from car after crash

Driver sustains life-threatening injuries

crash scene

A 44-year-old man had to be cut from his car after it struck a tree near Canvastown and rolled several times.

Bridge jump ends in injury

A 22-year-old French man has suffered serious leg injuries after jumping from a bridge.

Mother and son injured in crash

truck strap

A woman had to be cut from the wreckage of her car after it was involved in a head-on collision with a truck near Havelock yesterday.

Tourists injured in head-on crash

Three tourists were injured in a head-on crash after a van crossed the centre line near St Arnaud yesterday.

Quick action quells blaze

A potentially serious forest fire in Eves Valley was averted by the quick actions of a fire lookout watchman.

Skidder driver seriously injured

canvastown rescue

A second forestry accident in two days has seen a man seriously injured after rolling down a bank.

Houses flooded, trampers stranded

Wangapeka Track

Heavy rain on Wednesday night stranded trampers, closed SH65 and flooded Murchison houses.

Man injured in post-crash tumble

A 29-year-old man suffered injuries after falling while getting out of the car he crashed over the side of the Takaka Hill last night.

Author pitches in to help chopper


Geoff Cameron will never forget watching his two adult children falling from a rope swing in the Marlborough Sounds, on a sunny summer Sunday in 2007.

Car flipped on Whangamoas

whangamoa crash

Video: The driver of a car which flipped upside down on the Whangamoa Hill was airlifted to Nelson Hospital yesterday morning.

Rocky rescue mission for chopper

Rugged terrain made for a tricky rescue of a man who fell while walking over shoreline rocks near Kaiteriteri.

Repeat river rescue

Gallery: It was deja vu for emergency services as they airlifted three people off the roof of a four-wheel-drive stuck in the Appleby River on Sunday afternoon.

Man killed in Havelock crash


Police say alcohol played a part in a fatal car accident near Havelock on Tuesday night.

Busy day for rescue helicopter

An injured forestry worker and a woman trapped under a vehicle, were two missions the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to yesterday.

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