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New rescue helicopters for Auckland and Northland regions

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The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has completed the purchase of its second new state-of-the-art rescue helicopters for the Auckland and Northland regions, its chairman Murray Bolton announced today.

The two new helicopters are AgustaWestland AW169s, manufactured by Leonardo S.p.A, headquartered in Rome, Italy, with specialised formats and equipment for the trust’s requirements.

The second helicopter will arrive in New Zealand January 2019 and I expect both will be operational by March 31 2019.

"Our new helicopters are bigger, faster, safer, more comfortable and more technologically sophisticated than our current fleet and bring rescue helicopter services in the top of the North Island into a new era," Mr Bolton said.

Mr Bolton said the purchase, completed by chief executive Greg Barrow in Italy this week, brought to a close a huge year for the trust.

"Over the last 12 months, we have had to find a new home, which we have done with our new base at Ardmore. We have essentially completed the new contract all though it is yet to be signed with the Ministry of Health’s National Ambulance Sector Office and the terms of our merger with the Northland Emergency Services Trust."

Mr Bolton said that, with these four major projects complete, Mr Barrow had decided it was time to allow a new CEO to assume the responsibility of taking the trust into the new era. He will take annual leave before formally departing on 31st December.

"The Trustees and I wish to acknowledge the significant contribution Greg has made to the development of the trust over last five years, and wish him well for the future."

Mr Bolton would act as CEO from Monday while the trust goes through a recruitment process.

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