Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Westpac Rescue chopper at new Whitianga base from Boxing Day


Media release

5 December 2012

Westpac Rescue chopper at new Whitianga base from Boxing Day

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter (ARHT) will again be based at Whitianga full-time this summer from Boxing Day until the end of January.

While one helicopter remains based at Mechanics Bay in Auckland to service the greater Auckland region, a second will be based at Whitianga during the summer months, providing extra safety for holiday-makers and locals.

It will be the third year the rescue chopper patrols the Coromandel skies full time over summer and ARHT chief executive Bob Parkinson says there is an increasing demand for rescue helicopter services in the Coromandel, with a rapidly growing population of both permanent residents and holiday-makers.

“Our missions to the Coromandel and Thames region have increased by 85 per cent in the last four years and there are more than 200 rescue missions per year to the area by air rescue services,” he says.

The helicopter will be based at a brand new hangar facility being built in Whitianga by the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

The hangar is sited on Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) land, adjacent to the Whitianga air field.

Contributions to the Whitianga Hangar project can be made by donating at any Westpac branch to the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust Hangar Appeal, A/c No: 03-1578-0116338-01.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news