What we fund
TECT has a number of different funding schemes to assist community organisations with their projects.
We recommend you contact our office to discuss your project before completing the application form. Please ensure applications are submitted at least 3 months prior to final date you require a decision. Our team are always happy to discuss your application with you and to offer guidance and advice.
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND $142,000 p/a.
TECT is now into its 12th year of sponsorship for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter – a project that the Trust is extremely proud to be associated with. The Tauranga-based rescue helicopter is a dedicated 24 hour, 7 day a week air ambulance in the air up to three times a week. Based at Tauranga Hospital, the service provides inter-hospital transport for critically ill or injured patients for specialist medical care. The majority of calls to the Tauranga base are for accidents involving motor vehicles, as well as aviation accidents, incidents on farms, and those related to recreational pursuits. The service also works with the Police on armed offender callouts and responds to both marine and land, or air and search rescue.
Pilot Liam Brettkelly says “a significant number of trauma patients die from treatable causes 1-2 hours after injury. Early resuscitation gives the patient the best chance of survival. With a fully equipped rescue helicopter bring Paramedical Officers and/or Medical Staff to the scene, resuscitation can begin sooner and continue throughout the flight back to hospital”.
The benefits of having a locally-based rescue helicopter are significant. This is a service that literally saves lives. TECT in conjunction with Trustpower is a principal sponsor of the Rescue Helicopter.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their efficient service. Even though I have no recollection from my accident besides photos, I know that if the helicopter staff weren’t there to transport me and care for me during my ride, I would be a paraplegic right now"