Supporting our emergency services

We’re proud supporters of four life-saving organisations in the northern region, thanks to funding collected through our emergency services rate.

About the emergency services rate

Ratepayers contribute about $12 each a year, creating a funding pool to support organisations whose primary purpose is to save lives that are in immediate or critical danger.

The emergency services funded with this rate over the three-year period to 2021 are:

  • Northland’s rescue helicopter service ($525,000 a year)
  • Surf Life Saving Northern Region ($200,000 a year)
  • St Johns Northern Region ($90,000 a year)
  • Coastguard Northern Region ($84,000 a year)

Northland rescue helicopter.

Rescue helicopter

Our long-standing relationship with Northland’s rescue helicopter operator, Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST), stretches back roughly a decade.

Over this time, ratepayers have contributed nearly $6M towards operational funding of this critical service that provides a dedicated rescue helicopter service for the people of Northland.

Find out more about this important service on NEST’s website:
www.nest.org.nz

Lifeguards at Waipu Cove.

Surf Lifesaving

We’ve been supporting Surf Lifesaving Northern Region since 2015, helping to keep paid lifeguards on our beaches over summer.

With people flocking to Northland’s incredible coast during summer, we’re proud to support the lifeguards keeping people safe on some of our most popular beaches.

Find out more about Surf Lifesaving Northern Region:
www.lifesaving.org.nz

St John's ambulance.

St John

St John is New Zealand’s leading provider of ambulance services – there’d be few Northlanders whose families haven’t benefited from this vital service.

Since 2015 we’ve been contributing towards keeping St John going in Northland.

Find out more about St John:
www.stjohn.org.nz

Coastguard towing a boat.

Coastguard

Coastguard is the charity saving lives at sea. With more coastline than any other region and such a big boating community, Northland needs this critical service and we’re proud to be supporting it.

Coastguard are also big on boating education, helping boaties everywhere get home safely to their whānau.

Find out more about Coastguard and boating education:
www.coastguard.nz