Aerial search for funding
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust will have to seek funding from other sources next year.
After taking on board advice from mayor Len Brown, the board has decided not to apply for funding from the Auckland Amenities Funding Board for the 2015-16 financial year.
Instead, the helicopter trust has accepted an offer from the mayor to work with him, staff and Auckland councillors for direct capital funding.
‘‘The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is taking a very constructive approach by deciding not to seek funding through the current funding board process, to avoid the messy situ- ation we all found ourselves in earlier this year,’’ Brown says.
‘‘We need to avoid another round of wasteful legal battles, and the trust’s decision to seek capital funding for 2015-16 contributes to achieving exactly that.
For 2014-15, the rescue service received $1.35 million from ratepayers; the same amount is needed the following year.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust chairman Murray Bolton says he is taking the mayor’s word in good faith.
The review process announced by Brown in March is due to be completed before the end of this financial year.