New club­house dream a re­al­ity

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Puke­hina Surf Life­sav­ing Club mem­bers are elated that a pipedream to build a new club­house is to be a re­al­ity.

West­ern Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil has ap­proved an ex­ten­sion to the club’s leased area of Dot­terel Point Re­serve for a new club­house about twice the size of the ex­ist­ing premises.

The new build is be­ing led by project man­ager Andy McDow­ell and Puke­hina Surf Res­cue Life­guard Ser­vice chair­man Kevin Barugh.

They say the cur­rent from Pa¯pa¯moa East,” says Kevin.

“Our mem­ber­ship is also made up of fam­i­lies from Ro­torua and Toko­roa.

“We are a res­cue-fo­cused club first and fore­most, so a new club­house will be a great as­set for the com­mu­nity and will bring us up to speed op­er­a­tionally as a surf res­cue club.

“We have an ex­cep­tion­ally strong ju­nior surf pro­gramme which is re­flected in our in­crease in fam­ily mem­ber­ship from 49 in 2014 to 90 fam­i­lies in 2017.”

Kevin says the re­search and plan­ning for the new fa­cil­ity has been in­tense and com­pre­hen­sive.

He says the sup­port from coun­cil’s re­serves and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Peter Wat­son and re­serves of­fi­cer Sue Ham­mond had been key to the reg­u­la­tory and con­sent­ing process be­ing achieved smoothly.

“We have brought the whole com­mu­nity along with us — ev­ery­one is su­per ex­cited and sup­port­ive of this project.”

The lo­cal com­mu­nity and emer­gency ser­vices are be­hind the project. Fundrais­ing is un­der­way and the club ex­pects the cost to be ap­prox­i­mately $2.4 mil­lion.

De­sign work has been done by ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign­ers MnM De­sign in Te Puke and re­flects the club as a rock of strength sur­rounded by waves break­ing over it. The watch­tower will be a fea­ture ris­ing above the waves.

Ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer Mar­ije Hoorn­stra says the build­ing is de­signed to have a com­mand­ing pres­ence while giv­ing shel­ter from the weather.

“The big­gest chal­lenge was to com­bine sev­eral dif­fer­ent users into the one build­ing while en­sur­ing each has a dis­tinct iden­tity.”

West­ern Bay Mayor Garry Web­ber said the club’s rep­u­ta­tion is ad­mirable, re­flected in the num­ber of awards re­ceived by club mem­bers in the 2017/18 sea­son.

“These achieve­ments show how well this club is per­form­ing com­pared to other clubs — and it is mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to the younger gen­er­a­tion.”

The Club is in­te­gral to the Puke­hina com­mu­nity, work­ing with lo­cal pri­mary and se­condary schools, clubs and ter­tiary providers to pro­mote aware­ness of surf life­sav­ing.

The num­ber of Puke­hina life­guards has risen from 21 in 2011 to 60 in 2018, plus 15 trainee guards. There will be up to 30 trainee guards in the com­ing 2018/19 sea­son.

The club also per­forms, re­ceiv­ing 174 awards for the 2017/18 surf life­sav­ing sea­son. Among its achieve­ments were Res­cue of the Year, Pa­trol Club of the Year, Vol­un­teer of the Year, In­struc­tor of the Year and Pa­trol Cap­tain of the Year.

Puke­hina Surf Life­sav­ing Club mem­bers Boyd Har­ris (right) and Project man­ager An­drew McDow­ell out­side the cur­rent club­house.

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