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Proposed changes to air ambulance and rescue helicopter services will be likely to improve the efficiency of the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust operations, says general manager Ian Wilmot.

A co-design project led by the Ministry of Health, ACC and district health boards has proposed creating three regions – one in the South Island, one in the Auckland/Northland area and another covering the rest of the North Island.

In the North Island, the helicopter bases were proposed to be at Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth and Hawke’s Bay.

Bases in Taupo and Rotorua had been removed in the proposal, operated by the Philips Search and Rescue Trust, which intended to ask that Taupo be re-included.

Photo: The Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust crew assists with more than 300 missions in the region each year. 

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Posted: 14 April 2018

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