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Helicopter Trust Reading High Court Opinion

3 April 2014

Helicopter Trust Reading High Court Opinion

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is considering carefully the High Court’s opinion of the merits of its judicial review of its 2013/14 funding cut.

The chairman of the trust, Murray Bolton, said a decision about the next step would be made by the end of May.

“The court of first instance has issued its opinion and we need to analyse it carefully before deciding whether superior courts should become involved,” Mr Bolton said.

“Our preference is obviously not to appeal: we like to think we’ve moved on from litigation mode to working-with-the-mayor mode.

“The overwhelming consideration in our decision will be feedback from the tens of thousands of Aucklanders who donate each year to the essential rescue helicopter service.

“We’ll also consider progress in our work with the mayor. The good news is that we’ve had further positive communication from the mayor’s office today that Len Brown will address our $900,000 funding gap for 2014/15 through Auckland Council’s Annual Plan process,” Mr Bolton said.

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