Sunday, 22 April 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

A restructure of air ambulance services across New Zealand by the Ministry of Health and ACC may result in the closure of the rescue helicopter base on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust is organising a public meeting about the issue, to be held on Saturday 5 May at 3:30pm at the rescue helicopter base at the end of Abrahamson Drive in Whitianga.

A Trentham service family and a Masterton father-of-two are among a growing number of people who have received financial support from the RSA Poppy Appeal during the past year.

This year’s appeal, which raises vital funds to support the growing needs of New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans and their families, will culminate in Poppy Day this Friday, April 20.

“Get involved for a great cause!” Nadia Lim encourages Waikato to sign up for Pink Ribbon Breakfast 

Registrations are now open for Pink Ribbon Breakfast, with celebrity cook and author Nadia Lim encouraging folk to invite their friends to breakfast in May, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Since 2005, Annemieke Kregting of the Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Centre and her group of fellow volunteers have worked tirelessly to rehabilitate all sorts of birds that have been orphaned, injured or attacked. Community members can drop sick and injured birds of to centre, where Annemieke and her team nurse them back to health and then release them back into the wild.

A giant pohutukawa tree immediately to the east of Cooks Beach, thought already to have been 200 years old in November 1769 when the explorer James Cook (better known as Captain Cook) arrived in Mercury Bay for a visit of 12 days, will form part of a Tuia 250 heritage trail that’s scheduled to open next year.

TCDC are removing the existing street lights within Stage One of the construction work area (from Monk St to Lee St).

The service trench excavation on the eastern and western sides of Albert Street continues.

They are slightly extending the road closure to the corner of Blacksmith Lane. This will not affect pedestrian access.

On 26 March, without any public announcement, the Ministry of Health issued a “Request for Proposals” (RFP) in terms of which interested parties can tender to operate an air ambulance service in one or more of three regions in New Zealand. The regions are the South Island, Auckland and Northland and the North Island south of Auckland. According to the RFP, the regions were “…aligned to the [District Health Board] regional structure, to provide greater value for money and improve patent outcomes through operational efficiencies.”

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