John Takerei, Operations Manager

1 March 2019

I te taha o tāku matua

Ko Maungatautari te maunga

Ko Waikato te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Ruru te hapū

Ko Parawera te marae

Ko Takerei tāku ingoa whanau

I te taha o tāku whaea

Ko Te Rēinga te maunga

Ko Te Hokianga te awa

Ko Māmari te waka

Ko Te Rawara te Iwi

Ko Ngāti Manawa te hapū

Ko Waihou te marae

Ko TeTai tāku ingoa whanau

No Tamaki Makaurau ahau

Ko John tāku ingoa

John joined St John in Auckland as an ambulance officer in 1988 qualifying as an Intensive Care Paramedic in 1998. He completed the inaugural Specialist Emergency Response Team (SERT) course and was a key figure in implementing this with other agencies. The team was formed to provide tactical medical support to police specialist teams, including Search and Rescue and the police Armed Offenders squads as well as other agencies.

John completed the Cat 2 USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) course in 2003 and deployed to the 2006 Tauranga landslide and the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. He has been a member of the St John Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) team since its inception in 2012.

In 2006 John began a role leading the South Auckland Brown watch team, and later headed the Central Auckland District. During this time John was involved with managing the ambulance response to the 2011 Rugby World cup events held in Auckland. He also led a team of St John Intensive Care Paramedics who provided pre-hospital cover for the Team New Zealand 2013 America’s cup challenge in both New Zealand and San Francisco.

Outside of St John, John did two deployments in 2006 and 2008 to Timor-Leste as a rescue paramedic for Operation Astute.

Following his work with St John, John took on a role for Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management as a Readiness Advisor.