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Two missions out east

At 8pm on Saturday evening the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called out to a mission to the small township of Te Kaha, East Cape.

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Man in critical condition in Ohura, South Waikato

On Tuesday afternoon just after 12.30pm, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the South Waikato township of Ohura. A 62-year-old male was suffering a serious medical event. He was stabilised at the scene by medical staff. He was airlifted to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

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