Gerard Campbell |

Taupō has a new ambulance supporting its community thanks to generous funding from long-time Hato Hone St John supporters New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and Glynn and Mary Pointon.

The brand-new Generation 4 emergency ambulance was blessed at a special ceremony at Hato Hone St John’s Taupō ambulance station on Wednesday, 8 May.

The event was attended by invited guests, Hato Hone St John Order members and ambulance staff and volunteers. Mr and Mrs Pointon also attended the ceremony.

The new frontline emergency ambulance is fitted with modern equipment such as a power-load electric stretcher and stair carry chair, which help make it easier and safer to move patients in and out of the vehicle.

George Clicquot, Hato Hone St John Area Operations Manager – Lakes, says the team in Taupō is excited about the new vehicle and was extremely grateful for the valued and continued support of NZCT and Mr and Mrs Pointon.

“This is a wonderful gift to the community, and it has been some time since Taupō has received a brand-new ambulance. This new vehicle will enable our paramedics to continue providing the life-saving service to the community they do every day,” Mr Clicquot says.

The Pointons and NZCT have been long-time supporters of Hato Hone St John.

NZCT’s general manager grants, marketing and communications Ben Hodges says when emergencies arise, it is important that the community is given the confidence of a well-equipped ambulance.

“NZCT is grateful for the responsible fundraising partnerships we have with Pitch Sports Bar and the Lucky Lizard in Taupo that made our grant possible,” Mr Hodges says.

The addition of this new ambulance marks a significant milestone in enhancing Hato Hone St John’s emergency response capabilities in the Taupō region, reflecting a collective commitment to serving and safeguarding the community.

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