Saving lives for 30 years

Peter Turnbull, chief pilot and CEO of the Northland Emergency Services Trust

Northland Rescue Helicopter will soon celebrate 30 years in the air in November.

The Northland Rescue Helicopter made its first rescue in November 1988 and transported a patient from the car park at Kaitaia Hospital.

Now the organisation is about to embark on their annual fundraising campaign in October, which will include activities such as community breakfasts, school visits and helicopter rides.

“Annually we transport over 900 patients, both locals and visitors to our region. Our appeal is your chance to support our vital service and helps keep us in the air throughout Northland,” says chief pilot and CEO, Peter Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull was also recognised by the aviation industry for his outstanding contributions to aviation in New Zealand this year.

He received an award at the 2018 annual Aviation Awards presented in Nelson earlier this year.

He was awarded for his dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to the development of the aviation industry in New Zealand. A children’s storybook will also be released to mark the 30th anniversary with funds going towards keeping the choppers in the air. The book will be available from the Northland Emergency Services Trust website bookstore in time for the annual appeal.


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