Stretched Wellington ambulance services have received a $21 million shot in the arm, but the Government's latest pre-budget announcement still falls short of a fully-funded model.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters suggested plans for long-term change could be in the works with the funding boost designed to tide the service over, while more sustainable options were investigated.
Growing calls to guarantee funding for ambulance services have given way to a campaign for a near fully-funded service to provide support to Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti.
Mr Peters says the government recognises the concerns raised by St John and Wellington Free about the suitability of relying on fundraising and charities as a funding model.
A year of fundraising and building saw a two-bedroom house turned into a much-needed ambulance base in Kapiti in 2016.
Wellington Free Ambulance responded to about 8000 calls in the Kapiti region in 2014, up from 6500 in 2010 – and demand on the service continues to grow every year.