Coast­guard nets two NZ awards

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By JULIE CROSS

The year 2018 will be one re­mem­ber for the vol­un­teer crew of Maketu¯ Coast­guard.

The unit, although small in com­par­i­son to some, has been punch­ing well above its weight.

At the New Zealand Coast­guard Na­tional Con­fer­ence and prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony held in Te Papa Mu­seum on Oc­to­ber 13, the Maketu¯ Coast­guard unit were fi­nal­ists for three of the seven ma­jor na­tional awards.

The Coast­guard Na­tional Awards of Ex­cel­lence recog­nise and re­ward the out­stand­ing ef­forts of the 66 Coast­guard units and 2500 vol­un­teers who risk their lives to en­sure the safety of Kiwi’s on the wa­ter each year.

The Maketu¯ Vol­un­teers were blown away when they were awarded not just one but two of the ma­jor awards.

They were awarded the Na­tional Coast­guard Unit of the Year and also the Na­tional Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Ac­tiv­ity of Year, a truly out­stand­ing achieve­ment, not to be taken lightly.

The Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Ac­tiv­ity of the Year is an award that recog­nises ex­cel­lence in the area of pub­lic re­la­tions, fundrais­ing and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment by the group.

The Unit of the Year award recog­nises the unit that has achieved ex­cel­lence in all as­pects of its man­age­ment and op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

Win­ning th­ese awards, to­gether with the Trust­power WBOP Supreme Award for Com­mu­nity Work in Septem­ber, is a truly awe­some achieve­ment for any vol­un­teer unit.

“It is great that the vol­un­teers in the unit have been recog­nised for the out­stand­ing work and com­mit­ment they have given, not just for train­ing and sav­ing lives, but also within the com­mu­nity,” says pres­i­dent Shane Beech.

“Our vol­un­teer crew has worked ex­tremely hard over the last year, pro­mot­ing Coast­guard and wa­ter safety, train­ing and fundrais­ing, and work­ing on the build­ing of our new res­cue ves­sel.’

“We are close knit group, with some truly awe­some peo­ple, who have given over and above the norm.

“As pres­i­dent, I can­not thank them enough for what they have given to the unit and the com­mu­nity, and achieved in re­turn.

“As a unit we are now in a strong po­si­tion, with a fully op­er­a­tional vol­un­teer crew of 16 and with some state of the art equip­ment and ves­sels, ready to take on what­ever is placed be­fore us in the years to come.”

Th­ese awards were the ic­ing on the cake for a very suc­cess­ful year for the crew at Maketu¯ fol­low­ing the launch of their new res­cue ves­sel, Ko­hinui Res­cue on Septem­ber 30.

“The Maketu¯ Coast­guard unit would like to thank all its spon­sors in­clud­ing TECT, Eastpack, One Foun­da­tion, Lion Foun­da­tion, WBOP, AMI, In­fin­ity Foun­da­tion and A&K Marsh for their sup­port over the past year,” says trea­surer Ge­off Oliver.

“With­out such gen­eros­ity we would not be able to con­tinue to de­velop and be out there to sav­ing lives at sea. The start of the sum­mer sea­son has al­ready been busy, with sev­eral boat rollovers on the bar.

“Two weeks ago we had two boat rollovers on the Kaituna bar and a boat res­cue from Puke­hina bar, all in 24 hours.

“We are ready to re­spond when­ever re­quired, how­ever, we want all boat­ies to have a great sum­mer out there on the wa­ter and we urge you to check your safety equip­ment be­fore head­ing out and re­mem­ber the rules of the safe boat­ing,” says Ge­off.

The Maketu¯ Coast­guard unit will not be sit­ting back. The work con­tin­ues — they are in the process of plan­ning their next bar cross­ing train­ing event and urge boat­ies to watch out for no­ti­fi­ca­tions in the com­ing weeks and book their place to at­tend.

De­tails of the next bar cross­ing train­ing will be on the unit’s web­site and Face­book page.

From left, Maketu¯ Coast­guard’s Ge­off Oliver and Henry By De Ley, Coast­guard New Zealand’s CEO Pa­trick Holmes, Maketu¯ Coast­guard’s Henry Samson and Ian Steele, Coast­guard New Zealand pres­i­dent Henry Van Tuel and Maketu¯ Coast­guard pres­i­dent Shane Beech.

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