On Friday, 16 October, Whitireia will be joining forces with Wellington Free Ambulance to give free CPR training to
staff, students and members of the public at the Whitireia campus in Porirua.
This will be the third time Whitireia and Wellington Free Ambulance have partnered to promote international ‘Restart a
Heart Day’, but the first time they are hosting the event on campus.
Commenting on the event Mark Oldershaw, Chief Executive Officer at Whitireia and WelTec, said: “This is an amazing
opportunity for the public to learn a potentially life-saving skill in a friendly, low-pressure and encouraging
“We all understand the importance of responding quickly when someone is having a medical emergency but we do not
necessarily know the best steps to take. The public will have an opportunity to see what to do in an emergency, and this
could give them the skills to save a life.”
Wellington Free Ambulance staff, supported by Whitireia first-year paramedic students, will be at the Porirua campus
between 11am and 2pm on Friday to show anyone interested what to do and why.
“It’s a great opportunity, so if you are nearby, please come along. You never know when a friend, family member or
colleague may need your help!” concluded Mark.
Whitireia is one of only two New Zealand providers of a paramedic degree and the unique Whitireia and Wellington Free
Ambulance academic-clinical partnership delivery model for the degree ensures students are well prepared for employment
as paramedics in New Zealand and internationally.