A Matakana Island man was urgently flown to Tauranga Hospital last night.

The 77-year-old suffered a medical event requiring immediate hospital care about 6.30pm.

The man was stabilised at the scene before the TECT Trustpower Rescue Helicopter flew him to hospital for further treatment. The helicopter was called due to the location being an island that is not easily accessible by road.


Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island.

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Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Tauranga's principal sponsor's, Trustpower and TECT.

This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient. For further information about PSRT visit our website rescue.org.nz