Last night just after midnight the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihi township where a local man had become seriously unwell.

The 65 year old had become seriously unwell due to an existing medical condition.

The man was stabilised by St John medics before being flown to Waikato hospital in a serious condition.

The helicopter was used due to the seriousness of the patients condition and distance to hospital, the flight was carried out with the use of Night Vision equipment.