Huntly shuttle service makes out-of-town medical appointments easier.

Concerns about making it to medical appointments will be reduced for Huntly residents as a new shuttle is set to the service the community's health needs. 

The North Waikato Transport Trust has purchased a second shuttle through funding to help people get to their GP appointments in Huntly.

Transport co-ordinator Sheryl Batt said it was always part of the strategy of the service named Waka Tautoko since it was established in 2015 but it was about timing.

"The need to service the local residents has always been there, we're in a position [now] where people know what we're doing."

With about 30 volunteers, it is well-supported and the trust has many funders to help keep it going. 

The original shuttle is used to service the North Waikato area and runs to place likes the Waikato Hospital with a booking system.

From November 2015 up until May this year, there have been 771 trips done by the shuttle.

"I think its been a great success," Batt said. 

It's helped those who have struggled to get to essential out of town appointments.

Batt said it recently assisted the wife of a man who regularly used the system.

"He had to go to the hospital by ambulance, she went with him, and they didn't know anyone [in the area] so she rung us to get her back so she could get her vehicle."

The courtesy was re-paid with a donation, Batt said. 


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