New Coast­guard boat blessed

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By JULIE CROSS

Last Sun­day was a day to re­mem­ber for Maketu Coast­guard vol­un­teer crew for the bless­ing and launch­ing of their new emer­gency res­cue ves­sel, Ko­hinui Res­cue.

Sev­eral coast­guard boats were moored at sea, with fire trucks, res­cue he­li­copter, jet skis and the new ves­sel, and trac­tor on show.

It was the cul­mi­na­tion of more than two years plan­ning. Trust­power TECT Res­cue He­li­copter joined the event along with Maketu Fire Bri­gade and Waihi, Tau­ranga, Whanga­mata and Whakatane Coast­guard crews and AMI staff.

Hun­dreds of lo­cals joined the event which be­gan with a lo­cal min­is­ter Kohi Ha­nara bless­ing the boat and its crew.

MC for the day was Ge­off Oliver and West­ern Bay Coun­cil mayor Garry Webber and Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil mayor Steve Chad­wick both spoke, with praise for the work and ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity by Maketu Coast­guard vol­un­teers. Peter Black­well, rep­re­sent­ing ma­jor spon­sor TECT, ac­knowl­edged Maketu Coast­guard for win­ning the Supreme Award at the lo­cal TECT awards evening in Septem­ber.

Lo­cal kau­matua, Tua Mahutariki ex­plained the mean­ing be­hind the name Ko­hinui and its sig­nif­i­cance. Coast­guard Re­gional man­ager Sunny Peters spoke highly of the mem­bers of Maketu Coast­guard and their com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity,

the Youth Award which went to Todd O’C¸on­nell, Res­cue of the Year, Coast­guard Re­gional Unit of the Year and Coast­guard Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment Award for 2018.

Maketu Coast­guard pres­i­dent Shane Beech said that be­fore the Coast­guard there were 11 lives lost at sea due to boat­ing in­ci­dents in the Maketu sea area. Since the for­ma­tion of Maketu Coast­guard 10 years ago, no boat­ing lives have been lost, and the sta­tis­tics spoke for them­selves.

An­drea Marsh had the priv­i­lege of smash­ing a bot­tle of cham­pagne over the bow with the words, “I name this ves­sel Ko­hinui Res­cue. May God bless her and all who sail upon her and all who are saved by her”. Coast­guard skip­per Andy McRae took the ves­sel for its maiden voy­age across the Maketu¯ bar.

Maketu Coast­guard thanks all the spon­sors — TECT, Lion Foun­da­tion, One Foun­da­tion, RECT, Coast­guard NZ, In­fin­ity Foun­da­tion, WBOPDC and AMI — and those who joined in the cel­e­bra­tions and made the day spe­cial for all.

PHOTO / BOOSTED PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The Maketu¯ Coast­guard vol­un­teer crew with their new emer­gency res­cue ves­sel, Ko­hinui Res­cue.

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