Over 200 members of the Ōtaki community turned out in force last night to welcome the launch of the Ōtaki Health Shuttle Service.
After an inspiring Raukawa welcome MC Jim Smith introduced Ōtaki Community Board chair Andre Baker who has played in instrumental role in seeing this service become a reality for Ōtaki.
Mr Baker said the Ōtaki Health Transport steering group was first established in 2007 and while it had been a long journey the Ōtaki community was the better for the efforts of all those who had volunteered so much time and energy.
The service will be operated by St John’s and will start immediately.
Jim Datsun of St John’s said the organisation was celebrating its 125th year of service.
“Partnerships with the community are vital to our success. Projects like the Ōtaki Health Shuttle re-engages us with the community. We are very grateful for the sponsorship from New Zealand Safety and Pub Charity and the people of Ōtaki who have made this possible.no