Rescue Helicopter

Every year since 1988, Joint Sponsors Top Energy and neighbouring lines company, Northpower, have underwritten and funded high-profile annual public appeals, in support of the Northland Emergency Services Trust’s (NEST) Electricity Rescue Helicopter service.

100% of all funds raised in the appeals go to NEST to help fund standing costs of operating the service, including helicopter pilots’ wages, flight crew training, insurance and interest on loans.

In 2006 Top Energy and Northpower agreed to further match the public’s donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum $150,000.

In the 20 or so years the annual appeals have run, the Joint Sponsors have helped the Northland community raise more than $3.5 million, to keep this vital emergency rescue service in the air.

Our 2013 Helicopter flight winners. Each person who donates over $5 to the 20132 Electricity Rescue Helicopter Appeal will go into a draw to win a ride in the Rescue Helicopter.