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Hannibal Hayes: NZ's foremost chopper rescue pilot

Wednesday 8 May 2013 9:31 a.m.

Hannibal Hayes is a legend in his own lifetime – a fearless chopper pilot who has probably saved more lives than anyone else in New Zealand.

When a plane goes down in Antarctica, he is the man who leads the search; when a tramper is lost in Fiordland, he is likely to be first to the scene.

But if you want to make a television piece about him, there’s a problem: Hannibal Hayes never plays ball. Well, almost never. There is one person he can’t refuse.

Watch the video for the full report.


  • Reporter: Samantha Hayes
  • Producer: Hannah Story
  • Antartica Camera: Adam Jones
  • Fiordland Camera: Arthur Rasmussen
  • Editor: Paul Enticott

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