Central Region Emergency Services Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Central Region Emergency Service Trust
English Title:
Central Region Emergency Service Trust
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


Narrative Summary

The Central Region Emergency Service Trust (CREST) was formed by a group of Manawatu residents in 2009, who wanted to see a locally owned and operated rescue helicopter in Palmerston North. The existing helicopter was the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter operated by Philips Search and Rescue Trust, which was not felt to provide adequate service.

In 2020 a contract was signed with HELiPRO for two helicopters and the service launched soon after. Unfortunately, contracted helicopter operator HELiPRO went into receivership in November 2014 and subsequently closed down its entire New Zealand operation. The CREST service appears to have ceased at the same time.

Following the cessation of helicopter operations, the Charitable Trust itself appears to have been dissolved.

Key Dates

April 2009 CREST first established.
February 2010 Service agreement signed with HeliPro.
11 November 2014 Contractor HELiPRO is closed down.

Current Status

The CREST organisation appears to have been disbanded. No official websites are functional.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The CREST helicopters operated in the standard overall red colour scheme of HELiPRO.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MBB BK 117 2 2010 2013 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Central Region Emergency Service Trust, Palmerston North.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopters were based at Palmerston North Airport.

More Information


None known.


To be added


  • New Rescue Service
  • New rescue copter takes off
    Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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