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Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

rate. Do­na­tions and con­tri­bu­tions from the pub­lic ac­count for less than 10 per cent of LDART’s bud­get.

The trust does not own and op­er­ate he­li­copters; it con­tracts Heli­works in Queen­stown and South­ern Lakes He­li­copters in Te Anau.

The trust pays the con­trac­tors – in 2012/13 the bill was almost $1 mil­lion – and buys res­cue gear, and pays for train­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion. Its ser­vice is 24 hours, seven days a week, with ac­cred­ited con­trac­tor per­son­nel, in­clud­ing medics, alpine cliff res­cue teams, search and res­cue squads and swift wa­ter res­cue.

The Mir­ror asked the Min­istry of Health Na­tional Am­bu­lance Sec­tor Of­fice whether fund­ing could be ad­justed to re­flect an in­crease in res­cue work and whether the Gov­ern­ment was in a po­si­tion to fund the short­fall but replies were un­avail­able by dead­line.

Spe­cial­ist ser­vice: He­li­copter res­cue pi­lot Shaun Clark dons night vi­sion gog­gles.

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