New crewman looking forward to helping people

Ed Garvey has an appreciation for the natural beauty of the Taranaki, but it’s the opportunity to work with the community he’s most looking forward to.

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter’s newest crewman doesn’t mind a bit of a hike to the hangar for work. Despite calling nearby Manawatu home, Ed Garvey has roots in Taranaki and an appreciation for the region’s unique landscape. “Taranaki is really varied geographically. You’ve got the farms, the cities, the coastal communities, and of course the mountain, but it was the pull of family that drew me to the region. My mother and extended family are in Urenui and Waitara,” he says.

Born in Te Kuiti, Ed has lived all over the North Island before a career in the military saw him spend 10 years in Auckland and a further five at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea as a Crewman. However, his role with the Rescue Helicopter gives him a new element. “Coming from the military, I’m looking forward to working directly with the local community. I know every day will be different and present its own challenges, both emotionally and physically, but I’m looking forward to helping people.”

At home on a lifestyle block with his wife and eight-year-old daughter, Ed says he loves the outdoor life, in particular fishing, and trying to maintain a life-sentence block. He’s now looking forward to gaining experience working across the Taranaki region.

“I know this job will be emotionally rewarding. But at the heart of it I’m a pretty simple guy, and a cheeky lamb roast and a Guinness will put a smile on my face any day.”