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Catch up on the latest ARHT news in the media.

How teenager survived fatal crash near Raglan that killed his best mate - Stuff

When the rescue chopper first got to Cameron Brydon his blood pressure was so low it was unrecordable.

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Greg Brownson: 37 years of rescue, time to hang up the helmet - NZ Herald

After 37 years, Greg Brownson hands back the keys to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

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One injured in serious Waimauku SH16 smash: Helicopter called in - NZ Herald

Motorists warned to expect delays after crash near Waimauku.

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Man critically injured in crash at Auckland's Muriwai Beach - Stuff

A man was flown to hospital in a critical condition after a crash involving a car and a motorbike.

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Rescuers battled 10m-high waves to save three sailors - Stuff

Two sailors had to be cut free from tangled liferaft lines in 10m-high waves in Northland’s Bay of Islands last year.

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Rugby player flown to hospital with 'serious injuries' during Waikato game - Stuff

A player at the Otorohanga Sports Club's Game Day has been flown to hospital.

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Man critically injured in Warkworth crash - NZ Herald

Drivers urged to adjust to weather conditions and watch out for kids.

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Auckland hiker rescue made 'extremely difficult' by strong winds, 3-metre surf - Stuff

Lifesaver had to swim onto rocks to rescue hikers as steep cliffs, bad weather made landing a chopper impossible.

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Group winched to safety after becoming stranded on rocks at Mercer Bay - Stuff

Four people became stuck on rocks at Mercer Bay after high tide came in.

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Person critically injured, others seriously hurt in crash south of Auckland - Stuff

Crews transported one person in a critical condition to hospital via ambulance, the spokeswoman told Stuff.

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 50 years of saving Kiwis' lives - 1 NEWS

Every year, the helicopters take off to rescue thousands of people in need.

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Multiple crashes leave drivers seriously injured, close roads - NZ Herald

One of the crashes left a man with life-threatening injuries.

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Motorcyclist seriously injured after swerving to avoid oncoming car in Glorit - Stuff

The man in his 50s was airlifted to hospital after he swerved to avoid an oncoming car north of Auckland.

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Man pinned between two vehicles after crash in Coromandel - Stuff

He was standing on the back of a truck when a car collided with it, pinning him.

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Woman escapes serious injury after 30m tumble down West Auckland cliff - Stuff

A woman has been rescued after falling while looking for her dog in bush near Blockhouse Bay in Auckland.

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Two hunters hurt in first 48 hours of alert level 2 - NZ Herald

Both suffered knife injuries.

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Man injured while hunting on first day of alert level 2 - Stuff

A man in his 30s was flown to Auckland Hospital in a moderate condition after injuring himself hunting on the first day of alert level 2.

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Teen seriously injured in Coromandel crash - NZ Herald

A teenager was flown to Waikato Hospital after hitting a power pole.

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Rescue Helicopter sent on three missions during busy Wednesday - NZ Herald

Woman in critical condition after falling 6m from a ladder.

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Rescue helicopter pilot's warning to drone users - NZ Herald

If a helicopter and a drone collided the results could be catastrophic, pilot warns.

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Rescue helicopter takes man to hospital after car hits powerpole in Auckland - Stuff

One person is in a serious condition after a crash in Auckland's Waimauku.

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Island swimmers go it alone - Waiheke Gulf News

Coronavirus is cancelling some of life’s biggest moments – among them was the 20km Chopper Swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland city.

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Man rescued after yacht ran aground off the Coromandel Peninsula - Stuff

After running aground, the man in his 70s deployed a life raft and took shelter in the bush.

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Man in serious condition after paragliding crash at Karioitahi - Stuff

A paraglider activated his personal locator beacon after a paragliding crash.

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A mum's worst nightmare: 'I saw my son floating lifeless' - Woman's Day

Harley almost became another victim of this year's Christmas holiday drowning toll.

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Five Mahurangi rescues in a week - Local Matters

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters performed five Mahurangi rescues in a week.

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Fun, fishing and fundraising at 18th annual Leigh contest - Local Matters

Hundreds of anglers will pour into Leigh for the town’s annual fishing contest on Saturday, March 7.

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Woman rescued after falling into water tank while cleaning it - Stuff

The woman was cleaning the water tank on Kawau Island, in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, when she fell.

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Thousands flock to Orewa for love of cars - Local Matters

Hundreds of hot rods cruised into town for the 11th annual Rodders Beach festival fundraising for Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

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How Westpac's new 'Rescue Rashies' could save your child's life - Newshub

Rescue Rashie with CPR instructions where they're needed most, at rescuers' fingertips.

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People badly hurt after crash involving two cars, cow - NZ Herald

One person has lifethreatening injuries following the crash on Waerenga Rd.

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Diver in serious condition after incident in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf - stuff.co.nz

The man in his 50s was flown to Auckland City Hospital after an incident while diving for scallops.

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Child struck by boat propeller at Pakatoa Island, Auckland - NZ Herald

The child has been flown to Starship Children's Hospital.

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Trio rescued after escaping sinking boat off Auckland that ended up engulfed in flames - TVNZ

They survived after swimming from the sinking vessel to a nearby boat.

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Young girl seriously injured after falling 7m out of tree at Colville, Coromandel - NZ Herald

She was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

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Extraordinary surgery: '1mm more and she'd be dead' - Auckland girl's terrifying accident - NZ Herald

'I never expected it to be that bad, I thought she'd just fallen off her bike'.

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Between the flags: Ignoring lifeguards nearly cost couple their lives - NZ Herald

Renae Samson and her partner nearly drowned after ignoring warnings from lifeguards.

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Waikato man critically hurt after struck on head by rearing horse - NZ Herald

The man was sedated at the scene, and remains critical.

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James Tayler - Rescue helicopter pilot - Radio NZ

As part of our series on lifesavers, Lynn Freeman talks to Auckland rescue helicopter senior pilot James Tayler.

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Lucky to be alive: Wellsford man Gary Steele's miraculous recovery - NZ Herald

'All I could see was this wheel coming towards me and I thought this is going to hurt. '

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Man rescued from cliff at Spirits Bay - NZ Herald

Rescue of trapped climber carried out in dark and windy conditions.

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Auckland boy seriously injured after gun 'accidentally exploded' - stuff.co.nz

Police investigating after 12-year-old receives shrapnel injuries to neck and face.

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Harleys join Hot Rods in Festival - Local Matters

For the 11th year, the Rodders Beach Festival is expected to have Orewa buzzing on Auckland Anniversary weekend, January 24-26.

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Helicopter pilot talks about being one of the first people on the scene at White Island tragedy - TVNZ

James Tayler spoke to TVNZ 1’s Breakfast.

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Whakaari/White Island: Doctor on what he found - Radio NZ

One of the doctors who landed on Whakaari/White Island in the aftermath of Monday's eruption says there was a strong smell of sulphur in the air that left his eyes and throat stinging. St John medical director Tony Smith was one of the doctors onboard an

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Professional driver forgives tourist who crashed into him head-on - stuff.co.nz

Anton Strydom has no ill-feeling towards the tourist who hit him head-on near Hot Water Beach.

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White Island eruption: Chopper footage shows volcano devastation - NZ Herald

Westpac Rescue Helicopter footage shows an island coated in ash.

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Helicopter pilot recounts rescuing 'badly burned' patients 'covered in ash' from White Island - TVNZ

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot James Tayler says the patients he transported were in critical condition.

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'Everything was blanketed in ash' - Paramedic who travelled to White Island describes 'traumatic' experience - TVNZ

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter intensive care paramedic Russell

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'Everything was blanketed in ash' - Paramedic who travelled to White Island describes 'traumatic' experience - Newshub

The number of people killed in the Whakaari / White Island eruption could have been higher, if not for the heroic actions of people there at the time of the explosion.

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Man fighting for life after grading machine accident at sculpture park near Auckland - NZ Herald

The accident took place at the Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park.

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Burst citronella candle sets mans clothes on fire, serious injuries - stuff.co.nz

Man refilling an insect-repellant candle in Thames when it burst into flames.

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Stricken kayaker stranded overnight on island after being swept away - NZ herald

Kayaker stranded on small island for entire night after being swept away.

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Waihī man in High Dependency Unit after being hit by plane propeller - NZ Herald

He was flown to Waikato Hospital.

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Westpac helicopter trains with Coastguard - Local Matters

Coastguard Hibiscus got to see one of New Zealand’s newest Westpac helicopters in action during a rescue training session in Hobbs Bay on October 24.

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Man in critical condition after being run over by tractor in Hunua - NZ Herald

The man, in his 70s, was flown to Auckland City Hospital.

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Helicopter footage captures firefighters battling blaze on roof of SkyCity's National Convention Centre - TVNZ

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew over the building this afternoon.

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Bay of Islands yacht rescue: Paramedic had to cut victim free from liferaft lines - stuff.co.nz

Rescuer Karl Taylor said he faced some of the most adverse conditions and undertook the most difficult winch job in his career.

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Cape Brett rescue: Battle to save survivors in massive waves, strong winds - NZ Herald

Sea conditions were some of the worst the rescue chopper crew had seen in many years.

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One dead, three injured after boating incident off Northland - Newshub

The three survivors are all in a moderate condition.

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Man suffering medical condition on cruise ship airlifted to Auckland - TVNZ

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed on the ship off Northland's east coast.

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Teen seriously injured after cow hits into quad bike in South Head, Auckland - stuff.co.nz

Both the bike and the cow landed on top of the girl.

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Auckland woman's fight for law change after unborn baby killed in crash - NZ Herald

Joanna Harris is fighting for a law change after her unborn child was killed in a crash.

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Man felling tree with chainsaw rescued after getting trapped by falling branch in Northland - stuff.co.nz

A man felling pine trees in Northland was rescued by firefighters after becoming trapped by a falling large branch.

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Man seriously injured in 'industrial explosion' in Tuakau, south of Auckland - stuff.co.nz

An explosion in a confined space had left one man seriously injured.

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Pippa Wetzell on how she's 'muddling through' life with three kids - Australian Womans Weekly

At 41, TV presenter Pippa Wetzell is one of the new generation of “middle-agers” – women who defy past expectations and live life their way. The Fair Go star talks to Emma Clifton about her sliding door moment, the craziness of family life and why she’s h

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Chopper rescues: Men tipped into water after boat capsizes at Kawakawa Bay - NZ Herald

Two men were rescued from freezing waters off the Clevedon coast yesterday after their boat capsized.

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Man sustains critical injuries after being trapped under digger bucket in Auckland - TVNZ

The injured person, who was described as conscious and breathing, was flown to Auckland Hospital.

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Chopper charity’s filthy fundraiser - Gulf News

Waiheke’s energetic, competitive types would need a muddy good reason not to get stuck into a mucky new fundraising event designed for the Westpac Chopper appeal. More people are rescued by helicopter on Waiheke Island than anywhere else in Auckland, and

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Vodafone to roll out 5G network in NZ by end of year, promises 'transformational shift' - TVNZ

The rollout of 5G will start in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

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Man seriously injured after car flips in Great Barrier Island crash - TVNZ

The man was taken to Auckland Hospital.

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Rescue helicopter bequests a lasting legacy - Mercury Bay Informer

Living on the Coromandel has many pluses. Great beaches, friendly people and a real sense of community spirit. The Peninsula also has incredible emergency...

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'This will save lives' - Government announce $2 million investment into GPS technology - TVNZ

GPS is usually accurate to about 5-10 metres. The new system will improve accuracy to less than a metre.

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Terror at sea: Yachtie describes harrowing three-day Pacific Ocean ordeal - NZ Herald

When things go wrong, 'there's no time to be frightened', Kiwi expat Forfar Petrie says.

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Dramatic ocean rescue: Watch as yacht's stricken crew rescued after four-day ordeal - NZ Herald

Blow by blow account on online sailing forum shows struggles crew faced in Pacific Ocean.

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Horrifying smash in Mt Eden injures 10, two seriously - NZ Herald

Four cars were destroyed and 10 people hurt in a terrifying crash in Auckland’s Mt Eden last Friday night. Two people, including an 11-year-old girl, had life-threatening injuries.

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Horse rider says the group heard the 'snap' that broke her leg - stuff.co.nz

A day of riding in sand dunes ended badly for one horse rider.

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Brave crash survivor, 12, recalls crash that nearly took his leg - NZ Herald

12-year-old recalls crash: 'I am thankful for all the people that saved my life. '

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Man run over by his own truck says he owes his life to his rescuers - stuff.co.nz

Wellsford's Gary Steele recounts the dramatic accident that almost claimed his life.

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Woman, boy recovering after massive rescue from Port Waikato coast - NZ Herald

The woman was so cold she went into cardiac arrest en-route to Auckland Hospital.

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'It saved my son's life' - Auckland father grateful for doctors on rescue helicopters - TVNZ

The service is the only rescue helicopter team in NZ with emergency trauma doctors on-board 24 hours-a-day.

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Woman, child in critical condition after their boat overturned at Port Waikato - TVNZ

The pair nearly drowned with the woman receiving CPR as she and the child were flown to hospital.

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Family driven off road and children thrown from car in 'racially motivated' road rage attack - NZ Herald

Fraser Milne admitted he wanted to kill after he felt the family damaged his car.

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Rodders number one donor - Local Matters

The proceeds of last summer's Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival - a record breaking $60,000.

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Dr Lance O'Sullivan appointed to Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust Board - TVNZ

Chairman of the Trust Murray Bolton says he will be an,

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Man in his 20s escapes death as car splits in two slamming into power pole - NZ Herald

Car ripped in two as it crashes into power pole on Batty Rd in Kingseat.

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Passer-by administered CPR to bus driver who crashed after 'medical event' - stuff.co.nz

A bus driver remains in a critical condition after a bus crashed into a pole on a busy road in the Auckland CBD on Wednesday.

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Five motorbikes pile-up in Hunua serious crash with four riders injured - NZ Herald

Four motorcycle riders have been injured in a five-bike crash in Hunua.

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Familiar names at top of 'most trusted' list - stuff.co.nz

Sweet treats boost public confidence in firms.

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Warm weather sees bee/wasp stings on the rise; rescue chopper - NZ Herald

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter has noticed an increase in sting callouts.

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Teen girl suffers suspected spinal injury playing rugby in Whangamata - NZ Herald

A teenage girl has suffered a suspected spinal injury playing rugby in Whangamata.

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Generosity hallmark of summer lunch - Waiheke Gulf News

The Man O’ War Summer Lunch in support of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) went off without a hitch last Sunday. The event raised close to $300,000 in donations, and it continues to be the largest fundraiser for Westpac helicopter services. Gue

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Cement truck driver transported to hospital after serious crash in Flat Bush, South Auckland - NZ Herald

A cement truck driver has been taken to hospital after a crash in South Auckland.

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Man seriously injured after concrete truck falls 10m onto riverbank in Whitford, Auckland - TVNZ

Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

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Hunter thanks rescuers after nasty fall: 'I knew I wasn't walking out' - NZ Herald

There was a 'very loud crack ' when Robert Franklin hit the ground. His leg had snapped.

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Teenager charged over Northland car crash that claimed two lives - stuff.co.nz

A 19-year-old will appear in the North Shore District court over a car accident that left two dead and two in hospital.

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Man winched from Coromandel Pinnacles after medical event - NZ Herald

A man trapped below the bluffs of the Coromandel's Pinnacles has been rescued.

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Man seriously injured after motorcycle crash at Hampton Downs race track now recovering - NZ Herald

He was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

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Man found unconscious, metres away from his ute, after collision with train - stuff.co.nz

The young man may have freed himself from ute after crash before losing consciousness.

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Nine injured in two serious crashes in Northland - NZ Herald

The two crashes happened within three hours of each other.

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Backpack cushions teen's 7m fall onto rocks at Hen and Chicken Islands, Northland - stuff.co.nz

A teen fell onto jagged rocks in Northland's Hen and Chicken Islands, but his backpack may have spared him from very serious injuries.

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Wellsford man dragged behind truck 'alive thanks to rescue helicopter' - stuff.co.nz

A man run over by his own truck in Wellsford was "saved" by the quick-thinking actions of first responders.

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Paramedics winched from helicopter to rescue man who stepped on 'huge' wasp nest - TVNZ

The man was walking in a Walkworth forest when he suffered a severe allergic reaction.

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Crowds flock to record breaking hot rod show - Local Matters

When it comes to breaking records, the Hibiscus Rodders Club doesn’t do things by halves.

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Four people taken to hospital after separate incidents at Auckland beaches - stuff.co.nz

Four people are recovering in hospital after separate water incidents across the city.

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The $15 million chopper that’s going to give paramedics an edge in life and death situations - TVNZ

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s new chopper’s avionics matches those in an AirBus A320.

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New chopper unveiled for rescue squad - bigger, faster and imported from Italy - NZ Herald

'We bring the hospital to the patient. '

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Tragic day across New Zealand - three dead, 13 hurt in vehicle incidents - NZ Herald

Police confirmed a third death tonight, in a black day around the country.

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Two years on: Surviving a fatal South Auckland crash and keeping 'miracle' baby - NZ Herald

'Everything can be taken away so quickly. '

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Auckland teen left with spinal injuries after bolt detached from swing - stuff.co.nz

Teenager in "extreme pain" and unable to move after a bolt detached from a swing, flinging her onto the ground.

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Approximately $25,000 raised at Concert in the Vines - The Mercury Bay Informer

Leanda Hunt, event organiser of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, estimates that his year’s Concert in the Vines, held on Friday last week at Mercury B...

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Younger brother's big swim for chopper service - NZ Herald

'I tumbled backward, pin-balling down the rock. '

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Teenage boy falls down cliff at Bucklands Beach - NZ Herald

A teenage boy has fallen off a cliff at Musick Point.

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Kids among injured in fatal crash between bus and car in Meadowbank, Auckland - NZ Herald

Part of a suburban street remains closed following the crash on Gowing Dr in Meadowbank.

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Mum injured in fatal Auckland bus crash while protecting child - NZ Herald

A mother received serious bruising to her arms protecting a young child in a bus crash.

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Paramedic calls for holidaymakers to drive to the conditions after horror 24 hours on Auckland roads - TVNZ

Three serious crashes have claimed two lives in the region today.

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Eight injured including child in critical condition, after South Auckland crash - TVNZ

The child has been flown to Starship Hospital.

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South Auckland teen hero who saved kid brother looks ahead - NZ Herald

Teen who saved young brother, 3, optimistic on life.

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Woman winched to safety after falling down a south Auckland waterfall - Manukau Courier

A woman suffered "multiple injuries" after falling down an 8m high Auckland waterfall.

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Man severely burnt after being pushed into fire on Coromandel - stuff.co.nz

Police are investigating how a man became severely burnt on New Year's Day.

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Eight holiday deaths push New Zealand's 'horrific' road toll to deadliest year in a decade - NZ Herald

It is the worst road toll since 2009 when 384 people lost their lives.

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Happy ending to dramatic water rescue of five adults and children in Far North - NZ Herald

The group were saved from the middle of Whangape Harbour.

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Spare a thought for first responders as holiday call-outs ramp up - TVNZ

For those attending emergencies over this period, the summer days can be long, tiring and emotional.

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Man hospitalised after accidentally hitting himself in the head with hammer - stuff.co.nz

Man accidentally hits himself in the head with a hammer, sparking a rescue chopper call-out.

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'He told her to go': Teen tells would-be rescuer to swim to safety as he is swept away at Whatipu Beach - NZ Herald

A teenage boy saved the woman trying to rescue him from drowning by letting her go.

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Waiheke Island boat blaze: Five escape to safety, one flown to hospital - NZ Herald

Helicopter takes man suffering from smoke inhalation to hospital after Waiheke boat fire.

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Helmet saves life of female cyclist who crashed into ditch at Karioitahi, southwest of Auckland - NZ Herald

Crash cyclist's helmet 'helped save her life ', helicopter crewman says.

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Trapped elderly man cut free from car after crashing into pohutukawa tree on Auckland waterfront - TVNZ

The man in his eighties suffered serious injuries on Tamaki Drive.

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Record day for Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters: 11 missions in 24 hours - NZ Herald

Crews helped 11 people, including an assault victim and a woman in a tractor that rolled.

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Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters sees record day for call-outs - TVNZ

The emergency responders received 11 call-outs, including three in Auckland's Waiheke Island.

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Man burned in boat explosion after checking for gas leak with naked flame - NZ Herald

Man seriously injured after causing a boat explosion near Auckland.

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Woman seriously injured in tractor roll on Motuihe Island, near Auckland - NZ Herald

Rescue helicopters attended the injured woman at 1.30pm today on the island near Auckland.

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The 'Killing Fields' of Dome Valley to be made safer - NZ Herald

Starting this summer, $35m will be spent to make Dome Valley safer.

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Auckland teen breaks her back after jumping from cliff at Cathedral Cove - stuff.co.nz

One moment, Jessica Gestro was on a cliff. A second later, she was in the water, struggling to breathe.

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Teenage girl critically hurt in Awhitu crash now in stable condition - NZ Herald

Four ambulances and two helicopters sent to crash on Awhitu Rd.

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Teen survivor: Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew 'saved my life' - NZ Herald

'Had they not taken Liam ... the outcome could have been devastating. '

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Start your engine – Rodders ready for return run - Local Matters

One of the biggest events on the Hibiscus Coast calendar – the Rodders Beach Festival – will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month.

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Elderly man taken to hospital in critical condition after truck rolls down 150-metre bank - NZ Herald

80-year-old man flown to Auckland City Hospital in critical condition.

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Day of 'huge trauma': Accident brings plea for others to stay on top of first aid - NZ Herald

'I saw a pair of feet sticking out from under the quad bike. '

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Chopper Cup continues to save lives - Newsie

Despite the odd shower, the Chopper Cup regatta was mostly plain sailing for the 400 participants who attended last Tuesday’s...

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Three-car crash at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato - NZ Herald

A helicopter flew the worst injured driver to Auckland City Hospital.

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Two dead after two separate crashes on State Highway 1 this afternoon - NZ Herald

Two deadly crashes this afternoon have bumped road deaths up to 12 in the past five days.

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Selfless siblings affected by cancer embrace Auckland abseiling challenge to help others - One News

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Second teen with allergic nut reaction - airlifted to Starship from Motutapu Island - NZ Herald

Girl is in a moderate condition in hospital.

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'Every second counts': Quick-thinking first responders defy the odds - NZ Herald

George Scott, 62, had a cardiac arrest while driving and is alive due to first responders.

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School community rallies for charity after Cascade Falls tragedy - NZ Herald

'Coming into the year on such a heavy, sad note - it was not easy for anyone. '

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Alcohol, extreme speed suspected in horror Turntable Hill crash - NZ Herald

The offending driver fled the scene but handed himself in the next morning.

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Andy Corles to hand cycle the 86km K1 section of the K2 - Mercury Bay Informer

By Jordan Gower In July 2014, Andy Corles’ life changed drastically as a vehicle accident left him without the use of his legs and most of his upper body....

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Northland's emergency services kept busy over Labour Weekend - NZ Herald

Crashes, homicide, shark attack, ram raid keep Northland emergency services busy.

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Rescue chopper in near-miss with drone - Otago Daily Times

A drone passed within metres of a rescue helicopter on an emergency mission at the weekend, narrowly avoiding a mid-air ''catastrophe".

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Teen who saved little brother from being hit by car wore brunt of impact - Franklin County News

Caleb Currey didn't think twice about pushing his toddler brother out of the way when a car came towards them.

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A rescue helicopter reunion in Coroglen - Mercury Bay Informer

By Jordan Gower Late last month, Mark Finnerty and crew members of the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopters shared a cup of tea and talked ab...

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Man dies trying to save child in difficulty at Hot Water Beach - NZ Herald

Angelo Tuyay reportedly drowned after he tried to save a drowning child at the beach.

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Motocross rider suffers suspected back injuries after riding off steep bank - NZ Herald

Motocross rider suffers suspected back injuries after riding off steep bank.

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Seven people injured after car rolls on Muriwai Beach - NZ Herald

Police said the car rolled just before 4.25pm.

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Girl flown to hospital after swallowing 50c coin on Waiheke Island - NZ Herald

A young girl had difficulty breathing after she swallowed a coin on Waiheke Island.

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“We’ve dodged a bullet” - Mercury Bay Informer

By Stephan Bosman The National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO) announced on Wednesday last week that they are in the final stages of entering into a three y...

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Tairua man’s catch up with his rescue helicopter heroes - Mercury Bay Informer

By Pamela Ferla Tairua man Rick McLean is lucky to be alive and in the beautiful sunshine of last Thursday, he said heartfelt thanks to some of the people...

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Coromandel rescue helicopter base to stay - Mercury Bay Informer

The National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO) has today announced that the Coromandel rescue helicopter base in Whitianga will remain as a base from where ai...

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Air ambulance services agree to merge - newshub

A contract for the merger of two air ambulance services in the North Island is close to getting the sign-off.

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Man suffers multiple burns after truck battery blew up in his face - NZ Herald

'A chunk of the side of the battery blew out and hit him. '

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Hero helicopter paramedic reunites with sting survivors - stuff.co.nz

Two patients who suffered life-threatening reactions after insect stings have been reunited with the man who saved them.

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Boxer and mother-of-two, 31, who survived cancer dies after a routine training exercise - leaving behind a husband and two kids - stuff.co.nz

A cancer survivor who used her passion for boxing to overcome the disease and lost more than 60kg in the process has died after sustaining a head injury at the gym.

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Climber saw partner from United States fall 120m to her death - stuff.co.nz

US citizen plunged off Coromandel cliff face to her death, man tells police.

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Man died in Muriwai while pushing car that was stuck down a private driveway - NZ Herald

The man was crushed by a car he was trying to push after it had become stuck.

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Teen, only one of nine rescues with under-20s, on Great Barrier Island this year - Rodney Times

Whangaparaoa teen only one of nine to be rescued from Great Barrier Island by helicopter this year.

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Four people injured, one critically, following three-car crash in South Auckland - One News

The accident happened in Kingseat just before 10am.

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Hang glider crashes at Great Barrier Island - NZ Herald

The man in his early 20s suffered injuries to his arms in the crash.

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Burned toddler in stable condition after falling into fire pit in Pouto, Northland - stuff.co.nz

A toddler stayed in hospital overnight after falling into an open fire pit being used to burn rubbish at a farm near Dargaville.

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Auckland boatie's shock after explosion: 'Oh s*** I'm on fire' - NZ Herald

'I looked around, I had no roof, no walls on the boat, no cockpit, no dinghy... '

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Wheelchair no barrier to Coromandel culinary business success - Waikato Times

"You can feel sorry for yourself or get on with life."

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WorkSafe investigation launched after man suffers serious burns at Moerewa meat processing plant - Northern Advocate

Worksafe have launched an investigation after an explosion in a boiler room.

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Two people die after being swept off rocks at Muriwai beach - Stuff.co.nz

A man and a woman have died after being swept off the rocks at Auckland's Muriwai beach while fishing. Paramedics did CPR on the woman for 40 minutes but couldn't save her.

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Rescue Chopper Crew give blood to commemorate World Blood Donor Day - NZ Herald Focus

Westpac Helicopter share stories where donated blood on-board saves lives.

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Motocross accident and ladder fall among seven rescues keeping Auckland Westpac Rescue chopper busy - NZ Herald

One rescue involved paramedics travelling by 4WD and helicopter to the remote location.

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Preschooler impaled on a bamboo stick while playing on swing - Stuff.co.nz

Lad put on brave face as paramedics taped bamboo stake to his leg after playground mishap.

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Sinking of the Francie: Few onboard were wearing lifejackets, TAIC says - Stuff.co.nz

William McNatty was known for risky sailings. It cost the skipper and seven others their lives when his vessel sank.

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The Auckland 102-year-old who knits every day to help premature babies - NZ Womans Weekly

I have had great pleasure in giving to a person I know will appreciate it.

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Focus: Rescue chopper crew give blood to commemorate World Blood Donor Day - NZ Herald Focus

Westpac Helicopter share stories where donated blood on-board saves lives.

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New Zealand’s Most Trusted Charity - 2018 - The Mercury Bay Informer

There are so many great charities in New Zealand that it makes it all the more special to be nominated and voted the most trusted brand by the public poll conducted by Readers Digest.

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When the water came: Auckland teens' tragedy at Cascade Falls, Waitākere Ranges - NZ Herald

Teen talks for the first time about the Cascade Falls tragedy that killed his twin.

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Ladi6's very bad year finally comes good - Sunday Star Times

"I didn't know what was gonna happen with my voice," reveals Kiwi singer Ladi6.

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Karaka dad Greg Goldfinch: Seeing Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrive for critically hurt son 'like winning Lotto' - NZ Herald

Words to express gratitude to rescue helicopter saviours hard to find, dad says.

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Unseasonal dry weather keeps wasp scourge airborne - stuff.co.nz

"Normally in May we would have no callouts for wasps - we're still getting two or three phone calls every day."

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Watch: TVNZ reporter's 'a little bit awkward' mock rescue during Westpac Rescue Helicopter's annual appeal - TVNZ

Emily van Velthooven remained composed while in the air.

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'That horrible look that you see on their faces as you pull them out of the car' - NZ Herald

Paramedic says it's clear from faces of crash victims they didn't expect what happened.

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Man serious after being chased, thrown into air in bull attack at Tauhoa north of Auckland - NZ Herald

A man has been seriously injured after being attacked by a bull in a paddock. Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter were called to Tauhoa at 12.53pm on Sunday to assist a man in his 60s who was attacked by the bull.

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Father and children injured in crash - SunLive

A father and his two children sustained minor to serious injuries when the vehicle they were in crashed with a truck near Ngatea.

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Police dive squad called to help search for missing swimmer at Omanawa Falls - NZ Herald

Police Search and Rescue are responding to reports of a missing swimmer.

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Northland boat sinking: Rescuer describes pulling 'pretty wide-eyed' kids off rocks at Mokohinau Islands - TVNZ

ARHT crew chief Mark Cannell spoke about the early morning drama.

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Paraglider flown to hospital after crashing into hill at Kariotahi Beach - Franklin County News

A woman in her 20s was taken to Middlemore Hospital after she crashed into a hill while paragliding.

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Man seriously injured after digger rolls 200m down hill - NZ Herald

He is being airlifted from the scene by rescue helicopter.

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Man critical after jumping from Cornwallis Wharf into shallow water - NZ Herald

'It was all a bit chaotic with woman and kids screaming - I don't remember much.'

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Ocean swim helps keep rescue helicopter afloat - stuff.co.nz

A 20 kilometre charity swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland has raised $115,000.

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Sir John Kirwan and Brad Butterworth brave the sea for rescue choppers - NZ Herald

The ocean swim is likened to running two marathons back to back.

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Stricken snorkellers winched from Coromandel rocks in daring helicopter rescue

Stricken snorkellers rescued from Paunaui rocks in daring helicopter rescue.

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Auckland City Hospital awash with helicopters - stuff.co.nz

Space for rescue choppers to land on Auckland Hospital's roof helipad was at a premium after lunch on March 14.

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Wave slams Goat Island snorkeller into rocks, dislocating shoulder - stuff.co.nz

Paralysed with pain and fearing a rising tide, an injured snorkeller was very grateful when help arrived.

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter gets record number of call-outs in single day - NZ Herald

Cases include a boat explosion, accidents to a drowning incident

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Dana and John 'Cocksy' Cocks take home $12,000 diamond - NZ Herald On Sunday

It was third time lucky after Dana Cocks went back for one last glass of bubbles.

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'Life-threatening haemorrhage' just another fishy yarn for rescue helicopter - NZ Herald

The woman was left with a minor injury and driven to hospital for a check-up.

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Singer Ladi6 helicoptered to hospital, 'nearly died', after bee sting - stuff.co.nz

Kiwi singer Ladi6 has revealed details of the moment she "nearly died" after having an allergic reaction to a bee sting.

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Teens drown in Waitakere flash flood - Radio NZ

A teenage boy had been clinging to foliage in fast flowing floodwaters in the Waitakere Ranges for up to two hours before he was rescued on Saturday evening. Intensive care paramedic Russell Clark was winched down from the Auckland Westpac Rescue to reach

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Campers save kids from drowning at Awhitu, but it was too late for father - NZ Herald

Couple tell of taking kayak out to save children, but it was too late for their father.

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Watch: 'It was a miracle' - intensive care paramedic describes difficult Waitakere rescue operation - TVNZ

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Russell “Rusty” Clark says survivors were lucky to escape a swollen river.

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Man flown to hospital after drone hits him in the face - Waikato Times

He was operating the drone in Whitianga when it struck him in the eye.

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Two motorcyclists dead after two separate crashes in the North Island - NZ Herald

Motorcyclist dead and two people injured after car and two motorcycles crash in Kaipara.

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Teenager injured in Cathedral Cove cliff jump - NZ Herald

A teenage girl has been flown to hospital after jumping off a cliff at Cathedral Cove.

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Miraculous recovery after severe brain injury - The Post

Johno Stevens, a personal trainer from AnyTime Fitness in Pukekohe, has had a miraculous recovery from what could have been a fatal accident. On Christmas Day, 19 year old Johno's life changed forever after he fell off the back of a ute, fracturing his sk

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Behind the Uniform: Paramedic gets a buzz out of beekeeping - NZ Herald

Intensive care paramedic Casey Drum uses beekeeping as a form of escapism.

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Driver injured after being trapped under dump truck near Riverhead - NZ Herald

Emergency services free man trapped under dump truck.

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Tinnie sinks, trio cling to chilly bin - Radio NZ

Three men have been rescued after their tinnie boat capsized north of Auckland this morning.

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Yasmin Dunn back home after becoming impaled on a tree branch on Rakino Island - stuff.co.nz

A 5cm-wide tree branch tore through Yasmin Dunn's leg but narrowly missed her nerves, muscle and bone.

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Pair rescued from Hunua’s after aircraft crash - The Post

On Tuesday 9 January, at 6.30pm, Auckland Westpac Helicopter crew were tasked to the Hunua Ranges to assist with the search and rescue of two patients, passenger and instructor, when their aircraft was downed in dense bush.

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Busy day for rescue helicopters as deadly storm hits - NZ Herald

Chainsaw accidents, car crashes and water rescues.

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Rescue helicopters flat out in first days of new year - TVNZ

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust had one of its busiest days ever on New Year's Day.

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Sir John Kirwan takes on challenge for rescue chopper - stuff.co.nz

A gruelling challenge will keep the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in the air.

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Paramedic warns of dangers at popular Auckland waterways - stuff.co.nz

ACC figures reveal the cost of people injuring themselves at Auckland's waterways.

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Brace yourself for seven of the weirdest Kiwi yarns this year - Southland Times

It's weird not to be weird, John Lennon said. Let it be known: 2017 did not let us down in the weird arena.

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Man, 81, suffers serious injuries after slipping while attempting to jump off a cliff - stuff.co.nz

The man, who had been jumping off the same 6-metre cliff for years, lost his footing in front of his family.

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Six-month-old child injured in a serious crash in Auckland overnight - NZ Herald

A baby was the youngest injured in a crash that injured several overnight.

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'He was very lucky' - Teenage boy falls 10 metres off cliff while mountain biking on Coromandel Peninsula - TVNZ

A male teenager has suffered a broken arm after falling 10 metres down a cliff, landing on his head, while mountain biking in the Coromandel Peninsula.

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'Little bit of white' saves seriously injured ute driver - Papakura Courier

Trapped for 12 hours with serious injuries, then a truckie spotted something wrong.

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Auckland man winched from bush after chainsaw kick-back sends him flying from tree - NZ Herald

Footage has emerged of a challenging rescue of a man who'd fallen 6 metres from a tree.

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Woman crushed by farm equipment 'incredibly stoic' - NZ Herald

A woman crushed under a one-tonne piece of irrigation equipment was in a lot of pain.

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Pair found alive after fishing boat upturned in Waihi 'extremely lucky' to survive, search continues for missing man - TVNZ

The 28-year-old man and 10-year-old boy who survived a fishing boat overturning last night in Waihi off the Coromandel coast are "extremely lucky" says Auckland Rescue Helicopter staff, who are still searching for a 24-year-old man.

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Baby run over in Whangamata driveway now stable - NZ Herald

A baby has been run over in a driveway in Whangamata.

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Rescue helicopter reunion: 'I owe these guys my life' - NZ Herald

Survivors share their stories at the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter patient gathering.

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Tetraplegic Andy Corles completes step one of challenge to hand-cycle K2 - Waikato Times

Wheelchair bound athlete clocks up 50km on a hand cycle.

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It's just something I have to do - inspiring story of man completing 200km using hand cycle - TVNZ

Andy is a tetraplegic toughing it out on his hand cycle to raise money for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

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Local mum to the rescue - The Post

A serious car crash on Tuesday 17 October was a terrifying ordeal for those who survived it. It also showed the kindness and selflessness of members in the Franklin community who arrived at the scene before emergency services.

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You can achieve anything - Tetraplegic car crash survivor set for 50k handbike race - TVNZ

A tetraplegic car crash survivor preparing for a 50-kilometre race on a handbike to raise funds for the rescue helicopter service that saved him says you can achieve anything with a positive attitude.

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Brave Ben recommends rescue reunion - The Post

If you’ve experienced the services of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, you would’ve been glad they were around when you needed them.

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Northland man attacked and crushed by cow - stuff.co.nz

A Northland man has been left with back and chest injuries after being charged by a cow.

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Rescuers help cardiac arrest victim piece together incident - Rodney Times

When David Willis' heart stopped a chain of people stepped in to save him.

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Serious crash: Five people in hospital after Kawakawa Bay accident - NZ Herald

Emergency crews are on way to a serious crash in Kawakawa Bay.

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Chest pain, body boarding accident land women on Code:1 season finale - NZ Herald

Two women from different sides of Auckland have shared a unique bond as the result of life-saving rescues by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

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Spit roast accident at birthday party near Coromandel leaves two burned - NZ Herald

A birthday party for an elderly man ended with people being hosed down for serious burns after an accident with a spit roast barbecue.

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Man Injured While Cutting Shark From Fishing Line - stuff.co.nz

A Whakatane man accidentally stabbed himself while trying to cut a blue shark off a fishing line on Monday.

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Local man rescues stranded fishermen stuck on rock - NZ Herald

A chopper pilot is hailing a "hero" who rescued two fishermen stuck on a rock off Auckland's coastline tonight.

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Auckland Teen Thrown Off Motorbike Has Lucky Escape - stuff.co.nz

An Auckland teenager is lucky to be alive after taking a tumble from his motorbike, at speed, on a rural stretch of highway.

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Crash Survivor Says Thanks - Franklin County News / stuff.co.nz

As an oncoming car sped straight towards her, all Desiré Purnell could think about was that her children would be left without a mother.

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Neighbour tells man impaled by stake 'to be really brave'

Francis Hall was only five minutes from home when he fell asleep at the wheel...

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Special mission to Beachlands - times.co.nz

Crew of the Auckland & Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopter were tasked to a very special mission in Beachlands yesterday morning.

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Mountain biker crashes headfirst into tree - newsie

An incident involving a teenager who crashed headfirst into a tree has highlighted the importance of always wearing your bike helmet.

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Emotional reunion for crash victim with doc who saved her life - NZ Herald

Apart from a few brief words before she drifted out of consciousness, Joanna Harris had not met the man who saved her life. Harris' body was broken in a horrific crash that killed her unborn baby. It would have killed her too if Dr Marcus Chan had not

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Crash rescue: In saving him, they saved our whole family - NZ Herald

Crash survivor Steve Rastovich opens up about the accident that almost took his life.

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Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman: 'Boxing has opened my mind' - NZ Herald

Meningitis survivor and amputee Charlotte Cleverly-Bisman has a new passion - boxing.

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Crushed by a 350kg dolphin: Kelly Lawson's fight for life - NZ Herald

In 2006 Kelly Lawson was crushed and almost killed by a dolphin. Today she remembers.

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US Coastguard to the 'rescue' in Auckland Exercises - stuff.co.nz

For the first time in 20 years a US Coastguard aircraft has carried out training exercises in New Zealand waters. A dramatic "rescue" operation saw a sinking boat firing flares, a US Coastguard Hercules aircraft dropping a life raft and the Auckland Re

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Man saved after choking on dinner at Coromandel wedding - NZ Herald

A man was airlifted to hospital after choking on his dinner at Coromandel community hall.

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Hunter falls down gully, breaks leg - sunlive

A man was airlifted to hospital after breaking his leg, while hunting on his property in the Kaimai Ranges on Tuesday evening. The man, who is in his 40's, broke his leg after falling down a steep gully in thick bush at the back of his property on Te

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Woman suffers fish hook in the eye - stuff.co.nz

She'd just taken off her sunglasses before a bizarre accident on a family fishing trip saw a hook lodged in a woman's eye.

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Teenager found in critical condition after bike fall - stuff.co.nz

He was found lying unconscious in a road with his bike. No-one knows what happened.

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Triumph and tragedy, the life of rescue helicopter crewman - Rodney Times

"It's not till you get back and are having a cup of tea that you go that was quite a big, high impacting job," Mark says.

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Young boy flown to hospital after falling through glass window - NZ Herald

A family holiday turned into a medical emergency yesterdaywhen a young boy was flown to hospital after falling through a glass window. - New Zealand Herald

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Six months on man who 'miraculously' survived 14m cliff plunge fully recovered - NZ Herald

A Father's Day fishing trip nearly ended in tragedy when Dylan Holzheimer fell 14m down a cliff onto jagged rocks last September. - New Zealand Herald

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Rescue paramedic preparing for busiest time of the year - Nor-west News

For Russell Clarke, Christmas is not a relaxing time. As an intensive care paramedic for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter team, it is his busiest time of the year.

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