Aerial search for fund­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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