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