Prin­ci­pal gets be­hind book launch

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - JENNY LING

Okai­hau Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Tim Coul­ing ap­pre­ci­ates the North­land Res­cue He­li­copter ser­vice more than most.

The 54-year-old feels lucky to have sur­vived a car ac­ci­dent in 2013 which left him with fa­cial in­juries and dam­age to his knee.

So he was more than happy for his school to host the North­land Res­cue He­li­copter’s lat­est book launch an ad­ven­ture tale for kids, on Novem­ber 10.

‘‘They were amaz­ing, the peo­ple from the am­bu­lance and fire bri­gade,’’ Coul­ing says. ‘‘And the he­li­copter seemed to be there al­most im­me­di­ately and flew us down to Whangarei A & E.

‘‘The he­li­copter is such an in­cred­i­ble ser­vice. We are so lucky to have it and we need to keep it.’’

The North­land Res­cue He­li­copter flies more than 900 res­cue mis­sions each year mak­ing it one of the busiest res­cue he­li­copter ser­vices in New Zealand.

is an ad­ven­ture tale about two kids who go hunt­ing for trea­sure in the sand dunes of Ahipara. It’s the sec­ond chil­dren’s book the ser­vice has pub­lished, fol­low­ing last year’s pop­u­lar

All pro­ceeds from the sale of the books go to the North­land Res­cue He­li­copter.

$12. Visit costs

Okai­hau Pri­mary School stu­dents Devyn Ward, Steven Lewis-Repia, Drae­dyn Baker and Sian Cole­man with the new book.

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