New base for Christchurch's air rescue services to mean faster treatment for patients

A new home for Christchurch's air rescue services is expected to be a game-changer for emergency services and tourism.

The GCH Aviation complex which is being officially unveiled tomorrow, is being called a "massive leap forward" for Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the New Zealand Flying Doctors Service.

The $23 million facility is the South Island's only fully-integrated air ambulance centre, meaning faster treatment for patients.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot Stuart Farquhar says the building has been invaluable in speeding up care.

"It could be life and death. The less time it takes us to get to the patient the better it is for them, and that's always the case," he said.

"It's fantastic. Probably the best facility of its type in the whole of New Zealand."

The complex is also Christchurch's first official jet terminal, with VIP border clearance and a hangar for private planes.  

That's something GCH Aviation managing director John Currie says will be invaluable for the city.

"You look after people properly, they'll want to come back again. It's no rocket science," he said.

Emergency services will host an open day in the complex this Sunday.

The $23 million facility in Christchurch will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Source: 1 NEWS



App data breach reveals personal information about thousands of Vector customers

Power company Vector is warning customers to be extra vigilant after a data breach revealed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of up to 24,000 users of its app.

The app's been popular following this month's severe storm in Auckland, which caused widespread power cuts.

Vector says someone with IT knowledge was able to access the information, which could also lead to the identification of home addresses.

The data breach hasn't compromised the security of Vector's financial or electricity network systems.

The app has been shut down to be rebuilt. 

The company's app became popular following this month's severe storms in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

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Singer in popular Kiwi reggae band Tomorrow People stood down after alleged domestic violence incident

Popular reggae band Tomorrow People has stood down one of its members after he allegedly assaulted his former partner.

The band known for their sweet melodies and soulful music, spoke to TVNZ1's Te Karere about the alleged incident of domestic violence involving a band member.

"It's been a massive shock, everyone is still trying to take into account what has happened especially with the member being such a person of positive character, it was out of character hearing about this situation," said band member Tana Tupai.

"It's been a mutual discussion between the person involved and us, the fact that it was in best interest that they step down from their involvement in our band."

The victim posted on Facebook alleging the incident occurred on Saturday morning.

The next day the post was removed, however she posted again writing "my intentions were never to slander the entire Tomorrow People crew, some of which have become good friends of mine".

The woman confirmed to Te Karere she deleted the post because response from the public was too overwhelming.

She went on to explain that she reported the alleged incident to the police that same day and did not want to make any further comment.

Police have confirmed a 27-year-old man has been charged with male assaults female and is due to appear in Lower Hutt District Court on Monday.

Tupai says the band will continue supporting both parties.

"We do not condone domestic violence, but in saying that, it is very paramount for us and important that we provide support for all parties involved to work through this very serious matter."

The band will go ahead with their upcoming tour next month, with two different lead singers.

The popular Kiwi reggae band stood down their lead singer after an alleged incident of domestic violence. Source: 1 NEWS