Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Whitianga Freemasons help Te Aroha Police to get defibrillator

Former Whitianga Police officer, Constable Nick Preston, now based in Te Aroha, has been instrumental in the Whitianga and Te Aroha Lodges of the Freemasons donating a defibrillator to the Te Aroha Police.

Nick was also responsible for a request that was made to the Whitianga Lodge to donate a first defibrillator to the Whitianga Police several years ago. Since then, the lodge has donated more of the lifesaving devices to the Whitianga Police.

“I am convinced that defibrillators are a life changer and especially in some of our small communities where we know that medical response times can be slower,” says Nick. “In Whitianga, I wanted to have defibrillators in the local Whitianga Police vehicles to give the community the best chance at survival when attending serious road accidents…”

The new $3,500 defibrillator was presented to the Te Aroha Police on Monday last week. “When Nick called and said there wasn’t a defibrillator available 24 hours in Te Aroha, we jumped at the opportunity to help,” says Richard Shelford-Woodcock of the Whitianga Lodge.

Pictured: Those who were present in Te Aroha when the new defibrillator was handed over. From the left - Marc Dresser (master-elect of the Te Aroha Lodge), Nick Preston, John Smart (master of the Whitianga Lodge) and Richard Shelford-Woodcock.


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