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Changing hands: Greg Barrow, right, will lead the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust from July when the
present chief executive Bob Parkinson retires.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
New boss for chopper trust
By EMMA WHITTAKER
Greg Barrow isn t shy of a chal-
On July 1 he ll take up the role
of chief executive officer at the
Auckland Westpac Rescue Heli-
copter Trust at a time when the
air ambulance service is getting
40 per cent more call outs than it
was three years ago and is con-
tinually fighting for funding.
It s important to me that the
service maintains the high stan-
dard it delivers to Auckland, Mr
Probably the biggest project to
hit his desk will be buying a new
helicopter by 2015, at a cost of $14
million to $15m.
Obviously it will be a challenge
to raise the money and then it will
need to be set up, and the staff
trained to use it, he says.
The services two present heli-
copters are 26 and 28 years old.
They are still fully functional,
but needs are changing.
On board there are the pilots, a
doctor and in some cases a para-
medic even before there is a
The new helicopter will be able
to take a bigger payload, he says.
The Epsom man is an aviation
industry veteran and is a pilot for
Virgin Airlines and a self-
employed aviation consultant.
I married a girl that grew up
around where we live and I was
brought up in Mangere Bridge so
we ve moved about 7 miles in our
life, he says.
Present chief executive Bob
Parkinson is retiring from his post
after five years.
I stepped in on a temporary
three-month contract initially but
fell in love with it and stayed for
five years, he says.
Funding has been a daily,
weekly, monthly challenge. We
rely on about 50 per cent of fund-
ing to come from the community.
In saying that we do enjoy fan-
tastic support from the Auckland
community and corporates.
Mr Parkinson will remain a tru-
stee of the Westpac Rescue Heli-
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Awards call for nominations
Nominations are open for the sixth
The awards celebrate high achievers
who have taken on the world and its
perception of disability.
Entrants range from supreme ath-
letes to less known New Zealanders
whose family, friends and neighbours
think they should be recognised for
their courage, perseverance or support
for people who live with disabilities.
Attitude Awards trustee Dan Buck-
ingham, a member of the Wheel Black
team, says success for the winners
means more than a medal or prize.
We look for the stories of courage
and determination that change the
way people view what is achievable
with a disability, he says.
The awards will be celebrated at a
gala dinner in Auckland on December
3. Nomination forms can be down-
loaded from attitudeawards.org and
emailed to awards@attitudeawards.
org or posted to Attitude Awards 2013,
PO Box 9071 Newmarket, Auckland
Nominations will close at 5pm on
Concert helps Salvation Army
A concert being performed by the Wai-
takere City Ladies Choir and guests
will support the Salvation Army.
Winter Serendae is being held on
June 9 at 2pm at the Te Atatu Union
Church on the corner of Taikata and
Te Atatu roads, Te Atatu Peninsula.
The 2pm concert costs $10 for
adults, children are free and light ref-
reshments will be served afterwards.
To book phone Olga on 817 7914 or
027 872 8609. Door sales are also
New vessel helps keep
our waterways clean
A new custom-built vessel is helping
the Watercare Harbour Clean-Up
Trust improve the health of Auck-
land s waterways.
The new boat is named the Phil
Warren 2 in recognition of the
environmental initiatives led by the
late chairman of the Auckland
Regional Council. It is larger and
more powerful than its predecessor.
The trust is a charitable organis-
ation charged with keeping the Wai-
temata Harbour and the inner gulf
islands free of rubbish.
Trust chairman Peter Drummond
says contractors and volunteers
have scooped up more than 25 mil-
lion pieces of litter, including food
wrappers and tyres, in the 10 years
since it began.
The trust s crew sail the harbour
daily collecting the masses of plastic
bottles and other rubbish that ends
up in Auckland s waterways, often
through the stormwater system.
Twin engines will help the new
boat when motoring in and out of
tight spaces around the Viaduct and
its flat hull will allow crew to work
the tides better.
Te Papapa Primary
School in Onehunga
is holding a reunion
in September to
celebrate its 100th
Events are being
held on September
20 and 21.
Phone Lani on
818 2161 or email
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