Five fewer St John ambulances were on the road in Auckland on Monday, the union says, and at least one ambulance could not be staffed overnight due to ongoing staffing issues. Shortly before Christmas, St John management asked paramedics in the South Island if they could fly up to Auckland to help, as it faced being eight ambulances down one evening, Stuff reports. First Union transport, logistics and manufacturing organiser, Faye McCann, said staffing issues were “significant” and “ongoing”, and staff were getting burnt out.