First National Foundation


First National Real Estate are a long-time supporter of the National Burn Centre, and in particular of the education of medical staff from around the country, First National has donated $30,000 to continue providing health scholarships. For many years the company has funded people to attend courses designed to lift the knowledge and skills of anyone who might have to act as the first responder for a burn patient, placements at the National Burn Centre, and New Zealand-Australia Burn Association conferences and seminars.

First National ambassador Paul Coltart said it made sense for the company to back an initiative that could benefit anyone from the far North to Bluff. “None of us think we are going to suffer a severe burn, but the fact is they do happen. The first responders are critical to the outcome, so lifting skills and spreading them to all areas of the country makes sense to us. “It would be great if those skills were never put to the test, but inevitably they are going to be. “We sell homes the length of the country, so we are proud to do something that might not be as sexy as sponsoring rugby or racing cars, but might make an enormous difference to someone at a critical time.” First National's latest donation of $30,000 takes its commitment to health scholarships to about $108,000. The funds have seen hundreds of people from as far afield as Whangarei and Invercargill attend training courses. National Burn Centre co-ordinator Tracey Perrett said the benefits of that support could not be quantified. “We see the most serious burn cases us here at the National Burn Centre at Middlemore, but burns happen anywhere and by having more people in more places who know what to do, people who suffer burns will get better outcomes.” First National also provides families who buy homes through its agents, with emergency kits that contain everything from smoke alarms to fire blankets. CEO Bob Brereton said many agencies gave buyers gifts, but First National wanted to give people something that could save lives in an emergency. “We hope people will never need the kits, but we like to know they are there.”