About Heliworx Aotearoa

Heliworx Aotearoa provides meticulously maintained aircrafts for a variety of tasks. The traditional design within our logo represents Mauri; the values and essence of our organisation.


About Us

The traditional design within our logo represents Mauri; the values and essence of our organisation.

Mauri: The vital essence, special nature, source of emotion, the symbol of life principles. The essential being of an entity, physical object, individual, ecosystem or social group in which this essence is located.

Kaitiakitanga: A kinship and respect for nature, and a desire to protect and preserve the land for the next generation.

Health & Safety

Heliworx has an approved Health & Safety Management Plan under the Health & Safety At Work 2015 Act. We promote a strong safety culture at all times and operate to strict procedures.

Our hive lifting equipment is tested yearly, and is checked daily.



Heliworx Aotearoa holds a Civil Aviation Authority Part 137 Agricultural Aircraft Operator Certificate, meaning we are authorised to perform agricultural activities by Helicopter throughout New Zealand. Our helicopters are serviced by registered service providers under our CAA authorised maintenance programme. We undergo annual safety audits with the CAA.

Heliworx is a member of the NZ Agricultural Aviation Association and the Aviation Industry Association.

Meet the Team

The Heliworx team have extensive experience working within the honey industry. The close working relationships throughout this time with experienced beekeepers has meant that the Heliworx team has a good knowledge of the Manuka Honey production industry and all aspects of hive lifting. This specialist knowledge, coupled with over 35 years of flying experience between them, means Heliworx can confidently offer you a professional and fully comprehensive service.


Jim McMillan


Jim has been in the helicopter industry since 2002, with over 4,000 flying hours experience. Jim has a flair for managing logistically challenging jobs and strives to deliver the best service possible.

When it comes to surveying Manuka blocks, Jim has extensive experience and specialises in identifying Manuka density and suitable beehive sites. His innovative approach to the Manuka honey industry takes into account the needs of the bees to maximise honey production and results.

Paul Greene

Chief Pilot

With an affinity for flying that has lasted a lifetime, Paul has notched up twenty years of flying experience and has over 13,200 flying hours under his belt. Paul also holds a D and E category instructor rating which allows him to carry out type ratings and agricultural ratings in the Helicopter.

He obtained his PPL Helicopter in October 1993 and CPL Helicopter in August 1997. During his flying career he has flown a variety of helicopters: Bell 206, BK 117, AS350, Bell UH1, Bell 407, EC120, Hughes 500, Hiller 12E, Huges 300, 520N, R22, R44 and R66.

Other Certifications/Qualifications/Licences (all current)

  • Dangerous Goods NZ & Australia
  • Agricultural Chemical rating
  • Improved handler
  • First Aid Course
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM) course


Daniel Kersten

Aviation Support


Debbie Swaby