The recent opening of the new Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club was celebrated over the weekend, with elected members, the local community, Te Kawerau a Maki, Auckland Council staff and rangers, and Mayor Phil Goff gathering to commemorate the occasion.
In recognition for Auckland Council’s assistance and support of this project, the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club and local Karekare residents presented Mayor Goff and Auckland Council with a precious taonga.
The taonga was carved by a local carver from a piece of kauri which came off a private property in the area. It will be at Auckland House / Te Wharau o Tāmaki, for Auckland Council staff and Aucklanders to appreciate.
Mayor Goff says it was an honour to open the new Karekare Surf Lifesavers Club, acknowledging Sir Bob Harvey and other club members for their commitment to the Club and to Te Kawerau a Maki as the mana whenua.
“Karekare is a beautiful but wild and dangerous beach. The 4000 hours and more of patrolling by surf lifesavers is critical. In recent years, the club has carried out 148 rescues, saving lives.
“I’m really pleased that Auckland Council was able to act as the cornerstone fundraiser for the new Karekare Surf Club building, putting up $1.3 million of the $4 million cost for the new facility, which is modern and well designed, integrating with the land around it.”
Formed in 1935, Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club is an integral part of the Karekare community with long standing membership. The club has a strong relationship with Auckland Council Regional Parks rangers who continue to support the efforts of the club in keeping our communities safe.
The project involved replacing the old, 1980’s fixture with a new, modern building for the club as they carry out their vital work, ensuring beachgoers can swim, surf and play safely.