Club re­tains pres­ence at pop­u­lar bay

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SEAN MCMA­HON

It is Satur­day, March 9, 1968. The crowd teems onto the Ti­tahi Bay shore­line in readi­ness for the New Zealand Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships.

This was the first time the Ti­tahi Bay club had hosted the na­tional event since its for­ma­tion in 1938. The club went on to win the ju­nior and se­nior boat com­pe­ti­tions that week­end.

With its wide sandy strand, rolling break­ers and windswept seas be­yond, Ti­tahi Bay has long been at­trac­tive to day- trip­pers, swimmers, lifesavers, surfers and fish­ers.

The first pub­lic trans­port to the bay was a horse­drawn bus ser­vice, es­tab­lished in the 1890s by farmer Wil­liam Jil­let.

The sale of land for bach­build­ing soon fol­lowed. The area be­came a des­ti­na­tion for wealthy Welling­to­ni­ans want­ing a hol­i­day re­treat.

In the 1920s a train ser­vice ran from Welling­ton to Porirua, with a con­nec­tion by the horse ex­press down to the bay. The Ti­tahi Bay Club Ho­tel of­fered ac­com­mo­da­tion for those stay­ing overnight.

As the Porirua re­gion and pop­u­la­tion grew, the bay de­vel­oped into a res­i­den­tial sub­urb. The area still main­tains its coastal feel. It has be­come a community of peo­ple who work in sur­round­ing towns and cities but re­turn at night to their haven by the sea.

The club con­tin­ues to pa­trol the beach and re­mains a ma­jor pres­ence at lo­cal and na­tional surf life­sav­ing car­ni­vals and com­pe­ti­tions.

Do­min­ion Post Col­lec­tion

Surf's up: Con­tes­tants and on­look­ers com­pete for space at the Surf Life

Sav­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, Ti­tahi Bay, March 9, 1968.

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