Our annual appeal is underway so whether you visit Northland for holidays or are a local, they’re there for you if you ever need them.
Annually the operation transports over 800 patients and clocks up well over 1000 hours in the air as it covers the longest length of coastline of any rescue helicopter service in New Zealand.
Since its first flight in 1988, the service has flown more than 17,000 missions and as demand continues to grow, so does the need for more funding.
We are so thankful for the generosity our community shows and the time our various ambassadors commit to spreading the word. We need that because every dollar counts. We are aiming to raise well over $200,000 in public donations during the 2015 fundraising appeal, so we need people you dig deep now.
Your generosity helps to cover the following costs:
Cape Reinga to Whangarei Hospital $8,000
Kaitaia to Whangarei Hospital $6,000
Kaeo to Whangarei Hospital $4,800
Rawene to Whangarei Hospital $4,000
Kawakawa or Dargaville to Whangarei Hospital $3,000
Whangarei Hospital to Auckland $6,000
The NEST helicopters fly at around 300 km per hour.
In one year they cover around 300,000 km, this is 7 timesaround the world!
In one year about 420,000 litres of fuel is used (10 of thebig tankers worth)
The blades go around about 20 million times in a year (they should last about 25 years and a full set is worth just on $1 million).
Cost just over $550,000 on fuel in 2014
Maintenance costs $1.4 million annually
To buy a new helicopter – approx. $15 million NZ
Current helicopters worth approx. $2.6 million each
The Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) is a charitable trust established to provide a dedicated emergency rescue helicopter service for the people of Northland. The Trust is supported by the generous contributions made by local sponsors, individuals, families, businesses and organisations.
Back in the saddle 28 September 2015
Northland dressage rider Julie Flintoff was kicked in the head by her horse Belladonna. She lay on the ground bleeding, her face shattered by the powerful blow. The 23-year-old lost the sight in her right eye but her positive attitude has seen her return to the saddle, play a major role in her netball team’s success and run the Kerikeri half marathon. Julie and her mum Kay talk to reporter Kristin Edge about the journey.
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PHOTO/ Michael Cunningham