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Catch up on the latest ARHT news in the media.

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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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