The NZFD Trust helps support the operational costs of of the service, including the purchase of specialised equipment and training as the DHBs contracts don’t meet the full overall cost of delivering the NZFD service

The Trust’s fundraising target is set at over $3,000,000 dollars per year to support the operation. Costs have increased in recent years as the demand for the service has increased and the team have moved into a purpose built emergency facility – the GCH Aviation base.

Through NZFDT we provide and maintain medical equipment. We provide medical transport equipment which is completely compatible with the hospitals equipment to provide back-up, emergency contingency, and maintenance cover.


Christine Prince– CEO New Zealand Flying Doctor Trust

The Role of the Trustees

A deliberate blend of commercial expertise and health experience has been sought in establishing the make-up of the Trust which is currently under the Chairmanship of Dr David Bowie.

The Trustees

“When someone has gone off the road, had a crash, the paramedics will head off in the helicopter, but if someone who was in Greymouth or Invercargill battling an infection and in a desperate state the paramedics are our buddies and we love them dearly but that’s not their skill set; that’s where our team of flying doctors come in!”

Dr David Bowie – Chair of the NZFD Trust & Former Clinical Lead

David is a Medical Specialist (Anesthesia 1985, Intensive Care 2002) and is currently working in Christchurch Hospital both as an Anesthetist and an Intensivist. He is the Clinical Leader of the Canterbury Air Retrieval Service. He is currently the Chairperson of the Canterbury West Coast Emergency Care Coordination Team (ECCT) and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer for the Christchurch School of Medicine (University of Otago)

Barry Bragg –  Deputy Chair

Barry has been a Trustee since 2002 and is the Deputy Chair of the NZFDT. He is also a trustee for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust. He is the Chairman of Ngai Tahu Fishing Limited which has significant property, agricultural and land developments throughout the South Island. Barry is also on the board of the CDHB. He is also a Director of CRL Energy Ltd.

Murray WeakleyTrustee

Murray is a partner in the law firm Anthony Harper specialising in property, commercial, corporate and banking law.  His particular areas of expertise are commercial agreements, banking law, property law, trust and tax law and local government law. He is a notary public and secretary of the South Island Society of Notaries and the Vice-President of the Canterbury Asthma Society. Murray is also a trustee for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.

David Duns – Treasurer

David is a Chartered Accountant and has many years of experience as a Business Consultant. David is also Treasurer for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.

Cilla GlassonTrustee

Cilla has many years of experience in the fundraising sector. Cilla is on the board of St Georges Hospital. She has served on the board at the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust, 180 degrees Trust, St Georges Cancer Care Centre Trust. She has also worked on the advisory board for the Salvation Army. Her leadership skills and fundraising knowledge make her a valued member of the team.

Jock Muir – Trustee

Jock’s professional experience has been based initially in sales and marketing roles with BP Oil and Westpac Bank. He has worked in a range of strategic, planning and operational roles in the public health service in Australia and New Zealand, most recently at the CDHB. Jock has a broad experience in the private sector. He has been involved in setting up and running a mobile surgical service, as well as setting up and acting as a shareholder and director in a private cardiac service.

David CartwrightTrustee

David is a relatively new member to the Trust board and currently works as the Managing Director Cartwright Catering Group. David offers a wide range of experience from a variety of different industries.

In 2018 alone we completed

1180 missions across New Zealand

We are so grateful

for the support of our community

We need to raise

2.5 million dollars each year