Our 24/7 Whiritoa community defibrillator is installed!!!

Check out our new outside community defibrillator that is accessible 24/7!! Thanks to everyone who donated as this wouldn’t have happened without the generous support we received.  This defibrillator is accessible 24/7 with just a simple call to 111 to ask for the access code to the defib. This means that a defib is available instantly while waiting for further help to arrive.

Why a defibrillator is important:

  • 5 New Zealanders suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each day
  • 6% of patients who suffered sudden cardiac arrest in public were defibrillated with a public access defibrillator
  • Sudden cardiac arrest kills 5 x that of the national road toll, every year
  • Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44%

What is an AED or defib? 

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, but it’s also commonly referred to as a defib. An AED is a portable medical device that can automatically assess a patient’s heart rhythm. It judges whether defibrillation is needed and, if required, administers an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart.

AEDs are very clever machines – they do all the grunt work and use voice or visual prompts to guide the user through the rescue process. Anyone can use an AED – you don’t have to be medically qualified.

AED Locations 

Our new community defib/AED is already set up and linked through https://aedlocations.co.nz/ or check out the AED locations app on android or iPhone. Show this to your family, children, and friends so that they know how to find an AED in the time of need. There are now over 10,000 locations on the app.


Further info? 

Download the St Johns app which has a CPR tutorial and an AED tutorial. A few minutes of watching the tutorials could save someones life one day.

For more information on AEDs:



Or if you are interested to purchase an AED check out the defib store!




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