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Lift off for Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter House Build

Date:  May 2022 

Helping Hand:  Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson

Project:  Auction House Build for Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust


Collaboration, community spirit and months of sheer hard work saw the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter House through to completion last week.

The three-bedroom house, which was unveiled to the public on Friday, was supported by the Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson Helping Hands project – a Mitre 10 community support initiative that gives a helping hand to DIY projects, in local communities that need it.

The proceeds from the sale of the house, which has already been sold to a local family, will be donated to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter endowment trust, allowing the chopper to continue working for many, many years.

The local community pulled together to support the project when delays were experienced due to the pandemic, such as labour and material shortages.

“It’s a miracle we managed to get it finished,” said Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson marketing manager, Murray Leaning.

"The generosity of locals allowed to project to go ahead, with local labour companies supplying GIB board, paint, and more when it looked to be impossible to source.

"Many of them and their loved ones had been helped by the rescue chopper, and were more than happy to provide materials free of charge, or send workers to help build. Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter had touched everybody in Nelson".


House Reveal
Helicopter House Dining Space
Project team at launch event