Events Calendar

We have lots of events happening throughout the year that you can get involved in. Click on the links below for more information about all of our upcoming events.  

If you are organising a fundraising event on behalf of the Rescue Helicopter and would like to see it listed here and on our Facebook page, please contact Beth O'Reilly at or call 06 878 1630


February 2018

Sunday 25th of February - OPEN DAY 

We will have our Open Day here at the Graeme Lowe Helicopter Centre from 10am to 2pm. Have a chance to take photos in the helicopter, have a go on the winch simulator, face painting, have a go on the bouncy castle and much more! Just a gold coin donation to enter with all proceeds going to your lifesaving Rescue Helicopter.We will have parking available at Heretaunga Intermediate School.


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March 2018 

Friday 23rd of March - Dine with...Martin Bosley! 

Our first Dine With... event, with celebrity guest Martin Bosley attending. The evening will include a three course meal designed and presented by Martin, with a Charity Auction following. This years event will be at Havelock North Function Centre from 6.30pm onwards. Find out more here 


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May 2018

18 May (Friday) Westpac Chopper Appeal Collection Day
The Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, in partnership with Westpac will be collecting at sites outside Westpac Branches around Hawke’s Bay to raise vital funds to support our lifesaving service. We’ll be collecting between 8am and 5.30pm on Friday 18 May, so if you would like to volunteer to help out please contact Beth on 06 878 1630. Donations can be made on the day at our collection sites, at your local Westpac branch, or online at 

12 May (Saturday) The Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay Marathon 
Join 'Team Rescue Heli' for the 2nd annual Hawke's Bay Marathon on Saturday 12 May. With 4 different events to choose from (including a 3km kid's run, 10k, half marathon and full marathon course) there is something for everyone. All 'Team Rescue Heli' runners or walkers will be giving a team running top, fundraising pack and meet and greet with the team. For more information about the events visit the Hawke's Bay Marathon website. For more information about joining the team, click here





June 2018

29th June (Friday) The Grape Debate

The grape debate will be held at Te Awa Winery this year, with proceeds coming to the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter. Thanks so much to Bex Tacon at Plan it Events for her hard work in organising it. 



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August 2018

6th - 12th August - Red For Rescue

We are encouraging stores, schools and workplaces to go red for rescue. Have a fundraiser! It can be as simple as a gold coin morning tea, bake sale, ask your customers for a small donation with every purchase to keep your lifesaving rescue helicopter service available!  



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