The NatCon is a non-profit event, and as such, any proceeds from the convention are donated to charity. Conclave 2 has chosen the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust as our primary charity.
For the past forty two years Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter has served the people of the greater Auckland area, with an aero-medical rescue service that is second to none. From its pioneering days as a beach based rescue unit at Piha beach, on Auckland’s notorious, Wild West coast in 1970, to a fully fledged service in 2013.
The past two years have seen a major overhaul of the operation with a second Helicopter added to the fleet and a second hanger, in Coromandel, opened last year. This service covers an area stretching from Waihi in the south to as far north as Wellsford and has a catchment area of some 1.9 million people. Over this period the service has completed some 15,000 accident free missions and it has evolved into New Zealand’s only full time, 24 hour a day, air rescue service. The type of work that the helicopter carries out is as diverse as the geography and the people with which it serves. In short this is a service which is available anytime, anywhere, to anyone.