Satellite phone for Kurow Ambulance

The St John team in Kurow have recently installed a satellite phone in the ambulance to assist them to help you when you need it and all thanks to local fundraising initiatives.

Over the past year the Waitaki St John Area Committee, who is the overseeing committee for the Kurow Ambulance Station, has been delighted to be the lucky benefactor of local fundraisers. Significant donations were made to Kurow St John by the Otematata District Club who ran an ‘It’s in the bag’ night, Tracy Keith and the team at Kurow Estate Limited who held a ‘Mothers Day Fashion Show’ fundraiser and Libby Johnston and John Currie who organised the Kurow Muster Reunion.

Some of the funds donated from these events have been put towards the purchase of a satellite phone for the ambulance. Kurow St John provide emergency ambulance services to the Waitaki Valley area from Duntroon and Dansey's Pass, the Hakataramea Valley up to Cattle Creek and Ikawai, Kurow, Otematata and Omarama. A significant area of the Waitaki has no radio or cell phone coverage and communication is a vital part of being able to provide an effective and efficient emergency ambulance service. Having a satellite phone ensures the ambulance crew have the ability to call for assistance (for example helicopter assistance) should they attend an emergency an area of no radio or cell phone coverage.

 Donations and support from the community means a great deal to our organisation. We are a charity, and we are committed to our community and caring for people 24 hours a day. The Waitaki Area Committee is grateful for all donations received and for continued support from those who are members of the St John Supporter Scheme. Your generosity helps us to continue to provide the Waitaki District with an effective ambulance service.

For more information about becoming a St John supporter visit and go to the support us section of the website, pick up a Supporter Scheme brochure at the Kurow Medical Centre or Kurow Information Centre or email:  If you are currently a St John Supporter Scheme Member and have a question/query feel free to email our committee or call in and speak to Trish at the Kurow Hotel.