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King Country Energy sponsors second rescue helicopter

King Country Energy (KCE) is extending its sponsorship of the rescue helicopter to service more people around the North Island.

KCE has been an associate sponsor of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter since 2013. It will now sponsor a second helicopter, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, based further down the country servicing the Manawatu-Whanganui region. Both fall under the Philips Search and Rescue Trust umbrella.

KCE General Manager, Chris Fincham, says the company is proud to support such a vital service in local communities.

“Our sponsorship of the rescue helicopters now covers all five of our hydropower scheme areas at Mangahao, Kuratau, Wairere, Mokauiti and Piriaka. We’re glad to know those living, working and exploring in and around these communities are covered in the unlikely event they need emergency help.

“Our values at KCE are closely aligned with those of the Philips Search and Rescue Trust and that’s what makes us a good fit. We both strive to provide local communities with essential services that benefit their health and well-being. This is particularly important for people in more remote, rural areas who live further from essential services.”

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters.

Trust Marketing Manager Sharni Weir, says the support of companies like KCE is crucial to keeping the rescue helicopters operational.

“Without sponsorship, the rescue helicopters would not be able to remain up in the air on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. So, we’re excited to have KCE on board for another 3 years, and supporting another of our rescue helicopters as well.”

KCE owns and manages five power stations across the Taupo, Ruapehu, Waitomo and Horowhenua districts, and the team works closely with Trustpower, who takes care of station operations and delivering electricity to local communities.