This year's Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $50,908.10 for Northland's Rescue Helicopters.

The annual appeal raised $1,307,810.53 nationally, with all donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country, meaning money raised locally, stays local.

Northland Rescue Helicopter CEO and chief pilot Peter Turnbull said: "We're 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. It means a lot to have the community rally behind what we do.

"We'd like to say a big thank you to every person who made this possible as well as the support from Westpac through the Chopper Appeal every year."


A record number of rescues and challenging flying conditions combined to give the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST), which runs the rescue chopper service, one of its busiest peak summer seasons ever.

Crews completed 107 rescue missions in January alone, up 27 per cent from the 84 logged in the same month last year.

Westpac's director of corporate affairs, Sue Foley, said the total raised is another fantastic effort.

"Kiwis from around the country have once again rallied strongly behind their local rescue helicopters to ensure they can continue to carry out life-saving rescue missions every day," said Ms Foley.

"The reality is your generosity will make a tangible difference in saving people's lives."

Westpac employees were also crucial to the success of this year's result with fundraising initiatives organised around the country as well as hitting the streets to collect $84,221.20 in the nationwide Chopper Street Appeal.