8 Dec 2023

Alarm raised over shortcomings of Tairawhiti rescue helicopter

From Checkpoint, 5:40 pm on 8 December 2023

Tairawhiti's rescue helicopter service is sounding the alarm that lives are at risk due to its inability to fly in low cloud.

As early as last week, it had to abandon a potential rescue of people needing help.

Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust needs big bucks for a new chopper, and says it's becoming urgent with the region's roads continuing to crumble - leaving no other way out of some communities.

Reporter Lauren Crimp has more.