The National Ambulance Sector Office proposes to remove the Rotorua-based rescue helicopter. Philips Search and Rescue Trust's preference is for helicopters based in Tauranga and potentially Taupo to fill the gap. Residents give their thoughts.

Ross Nickles, 65, Ohinemutu. Photo/Samantha Olley
Ross Nickles, 65, Ohinemutu. Photo/Samantha Olley

I think they do a good job and we definitely need them in Rotorua. Just like the ambulance service, they should get better funding.
ROSS NICKLES, 65
Ohinemut

Pamela Fletcher, late 50s, central Rotorua. Photo/Samantha Olley
Pamela Fletcher, late 50s, central Rotorua. Photo/Samantha Olley

I think we should have one based here. I really do think it is essential. I know people who have been saved by it.
PAMELA FLETCHER, late 50s
Central Rotorua

Darrell Civil, 42, Tihi-O-Tonga. Photo/Samantha Olley
Darrell Civil, 42, Tihi-O-Tonga. Photo/Samantha Olley

It would be a great loss for the district, due to the popularity of mountain biking and all the other outdoor activities.
DARRELL CIVIL, 42
Tihi-O-Tonga

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Wayne Krebs, 47, Lynmore. Photo/Samantha Olley
Wayne Krebs, 47, Lynmore. Photo/Samantha Olley

The proposal is quite disappointing and a bit strange. Taupo Hospital is much smaller. Rotorua seems like a good area to base it in.
WAYNE KREBS, 47
Lynmore

Lisa Warwick, 51, Ngongotaha. Photo/Samantha Olley
Lisa Warwick, 51, Ngongotaha. Photo/Samantha Olley

I did not realise that was proposed. I am not happy. What happens when someone is critical?
LISA WARWICK, 51
Ngongotaha

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