Rescue helicopter lottery a boatie’s dream

One chance in 12,000 – that’s the odds for anyone taking a $100 ticket in the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust raffle, which went on sale last Thursday, September 7.

The lucky winner will take home an Extreme 745 Game King, powered by a Yamaha F250 outboard and towed by a 2023 Ford Wildtrack V6 on a Hosking trailer.

The boat has been fully fitted out by Warkworth-based Rodney Marine with all the bells and whistles, including Garmin electronics, Century batteries, Shimano fishing gear and a GME VHF marine radio.

Altogether, the prize is worth more than $300,000 and will raise around $1.2 million for the trust.

Rodney Marine owner Murray Rowe says he was only too pleased to be involved in putting the package together for the lottery.

“The rescue helicopter provides a really good service and it benefits everyone to see that they are properly funded,” he says.

“We will be adding to the fundraising by donating $1000 from every Extreme sold between now and Christmas.”

The rescue helicopter relies on the community’s goodwill and support to remain operational 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Trust communications manager Lincoln Davies says 2023 is likely to be the 10th consecutive year that the service will exceed 1000 missions, so fundraising is as important as ever.

Numerous missions are marine-related, medical-related and search and rescues.

The raffle will close on November 30, or when the limited number of tickets are sold. It will be drawn at the Westpac Helicopter’s base at Ardmore on December 6.

Tickets can be bought online at