The sand dunes of Ahipara are the back drop for the second children's book based on Northland's rescue helicopter service.

The book, Lima Leaps to the Rescue, was launched at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School on Thursday. Okaihau School also hosted a launch yesterday during their annual grandparents day.

It follows last year's Juliet to the Rescue book, which proved popular. Both were illustrated by Auckland artist Tony McNeight.

Northland Emergency Services Trust general manager Vanessa Furze and chief financial officer Tony Morris show the larger than life pages of the new book. Photo / John Stone
Northland Emergency Services Trust general manager Vanessa Furze and chief financial officer Tony Morris show the larger than life pages of the new book. Photo / John Stone

Tama, Poppy and Jack, the characters from the first book feature in the second one, along with new characters Kenny the Kereru and siblings Ollie and Tia.

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While holidaying in the Far North, Ollie and Tia head off to find an old shipwreck and some long lost taonga when a boogie board ride down the dunes goes wrong.

Northland Emergency Services Trust general manager Vanessa Furze, said the first book was such a great success they wanted to create a series of books to bring all the helicopters to life.

Northland Emergency Services Trust general manager Vanessa Furze and chief financial officer Tony Morris show the larger than life pages of the new book. Photo / John Stone
Northland Emergency Services Trust general manager Vanessa Furze and chief financial officer Tony Morris show the larger than life pages of the new book. Photo / John Stone

The new book also incorporates elements of te reo as well as having an underlying safety message and a focus on raising awareness about staying safe over the busy summer period.

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