Lima leaps to the rescue in new story book

Following the success of its first children’s book, the Northland Rescue Helicopter has released a second instalment – and this time it’s the chopper nicknamed Lima who plays the starring role.
Lima Leaps to the Rescue, the follow up to last year’s popular Juliet to the Rescue, is an adventure tale about two kids who go hunting for treasure in the sand dunes of Ahipara.
The book was launched at Whangarei’s Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School on November 9 as part of Northland Rescue Helicopter’s Annual Fundraising Appeal throughout November. All proceeds from the sale of the books go to the Northland Rescue Helicopter.
Northland Rescue Chopper General Manager, Vanessa Furze, says the first book was such a great success they wanted to create a series of books to bring all the helicopters to life.
“The original idea behind creating a story book was it being a fun yet educational fundraising idea. But it became much more than that by showcasing what we do as a rescue service and raising awareness of the lifesaving work our team does.”
The new book also incorporates elements of te reo as an educational element as well as reflecting the influence and importance of the Māori population in Northland. The Northland Rescue Helicopter has completed 163 flights to the Far North in the past year, including 119 jobs from Kaitaia Hospital.
Ms Furze says the Lima story also has an underlying safety message and a focus on raising awareness about staying safe over the extremely busy summer
holiday period.
The Northland Rescue Helicopter flies more than 900 rescue missions each year making it one of the busiest rescue helicopter services in New Zealand.