Coun­cil to the res­cue

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

A $30,000 fund­ing grant will help keep the Auck­land Res­cue He­li­copter in the air this sum­mer.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil’s arts, cul­ture and recre­ation com­mit­tee has ap­proved a one-off grant of $30,000 to the Auck­land Res­cue He­li­copter Trust.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Parkin­son asked the com­mit­tee for $90,000 at last month’s meet­ing to help cover a weekly loss of $10,000 caused by fall­ing do­na­tions and spon­sor­ship.

The ser­vice will re­ceive some fund­ing through the Auck­land Re­gional Ameni­ties Act from July, but in the mean­time, it faces a $250,000 to $300,000 short­fall.

Mr Parkin­son says he ap­pre­ci­ates the coun­cil’s ef­forts.

“To get through to July, the $30,000 will cer­tainly help.”

Mr Parkin­son says he’s con­fi­dent the or­gan­i­sa­tion will be able to main­tain its full ser­vice and will con­tinue to seek other funds to cover the short­fall.

“We will dig deeper and harder to find other sup­port­ers who will help us through. I’m very con­fi­dent they will be there to help us as they have for the past 30 years.”

Com­mit­tee chair­man Greg Moyle says the coun­cil recog­nised it was an es­sen­tial ser­vice and wanted to help as much as pos­si­ble.

“We want to make it quite clear to other or­gan­i­sa­tions that will be funded by the Auck­land Re­gional Ameni­ties Fund­ing Act that we have no fur­ther money.”

Coun­cil­lors Bill Chris­tian and Denise Roche ex­pressed con­cern the money was only a third of the emer­gency fund­ing re­quested.

The com­mit­tee also ap­proved $30,000 for WaterSafe on top of the $50,000 it pro­vides an­nu­ally.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion asked for $70,000 in emer­gency fund­ing last month to help cover its $300,000 deficit.

The ex­tra grant comes from repri­ori­tis­ing the recre­ational ser­vices bud­get.

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