HUGE WESTPAC CHOPPER EFFORT
Aucklanders have helped raise much-needed funds for the Westpac Chopper Appeal. This year the region contributed $275,000 towards the fundraiser. All donations received by the Westpac Chopper Appeal were distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services around the country. Westpac’s general manager of marketing Andy Kerr said the total raised was a fantastic effort from the community. ‘‘We’d like to thank everyone who contributed around the country, and to those that gave of their time to organise the wide variety of fundraising events this year.’’ New Zealanders from across the country raised a total of nearly $1.3 million.