Sunday, 27 September 2020


Rescue helicopter petition enjoying great momentum

The team at Paper Plus Whitianga are pulling out the all stops to collect as many signatures as they possibly can in the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust/Informer/More FM-initiated petition to reinstate a rescue helicopter based on the Coromandel over the summer and other busy holiday periods.

With staff member, Lynne Wilkins, keeping everyone motivated, the team has already collected many hundreds of signatures. The petition is enjoying great momentum, with more than 12,500 signatures collected (both online and inhard copy) in less than two weeks. Some outstanding news is that Greenstone Entertainment, the promoters of the Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday, 26 January, is in full support of the petition and will allow signatures to be collected before and during the concert. The generosity of Greenstone is highly appreciated. If you’re a business owner, member of a community group or simply a good sort and have full petition forms to be collected, or you need more forms, please let us know on telephone (07) 866 2090 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll arrange to catch up with you. Since the launch of the petition, we’ve been contacted by several people who shared with us the rescue helicopter experiences or concerns. While the petition is running its course, we’ll start working on a Parliamentary Select Committee submission in support of the petition. If you have a story to tell or thoughts to share, please be in touch. We’d love to hear from you. For the link to the online version of the petition, see the advertisements on this page and page 26. Please do not sign the online version of the petition if you’ve already signed a hard copy form. Pictured: Lynne Wilkins (in the centre) with Paper Plus Whitianga owners, Derek and Maribel Murie, on Thursday last week.


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