Local MP Louise Upston says she remains frustrated by Health Minister David Clark’s inaction and evasiveness over the future of the Taupo rescue helicopter.
“The Taupo rescue helicopter plays a massive part in the emergency services of our region,” Ms Upston says.
“David Clark is refusing to give a straight answer on the future of the service in Taupo and people have a right to know what it is.
“When asked questions in Parliament by MP’s affected by proposed cuts to services around the country, he would only repeat that the proposal was to “improve clinical outcomes for patients”. He refused to make any commitments to the people of Taupo.
“Thousands turned out for the march in Taupo last month and an online petition has gathered over 30,000 signatures.
“I’ve received a number of emails, phone calls and Facebook messages from the people of Taupo who want to know what is going on. A lot of people feel very passionately about this - and rightly so.
“I’ve made repeated attempts to meet with the Minister and he continues to refuse them – which can only mean he is refusing to listen.
“The rescue helicopter is of vital importance and we do not want to see it removed from Taupo. I will do everything I can to fight this every step of the way,” Ms Upston says.