Nor West News : February 24th 2011
16 NOR-WEST NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 NEWS Have we got NEWS for you! News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Our amazing new online editions take the news into a new dimension. Reads like a newspaper with easy-to-read turning pages -- and packed with extra features that connect you to news like never before. News coverage that puts you on the scene with Turn the page to a new era in local news -- the total multi media news experience! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.nor-westnews.co.nz Turn on to our online editions NOW. The latest local news online -- anywhere, anytime. OFFAL HOLES Wal's HOLES Phone 09 437 3936 or 021 93 2225 www.walsholes.co.nz 3515281AA Muriwai surf club project has a community focus By RANI TIMOTI ' We're pretty happy about everything so far. The building project has taken a lot of work. ' Tim Jago Muriwai Lifeguard Service Amenities Trust chairman Plans for the proposed combined Muriwai surf club and community cen- tre are progressing. The Rodney Local Board will write to Auck- land Council to endorse the $1.5 million cur- rently budgeted in its 2011/2012 budget. It will also recommend the reserves contribution of $23,000 be waived. This follows a success- ful presentation to the board by the Muriwai Lifeguard Service Amenities Trust. Chairman Tim Jago says work will start soon on the site to set up water, electricity and phone functions along with an access road. Next month tenders will be invited from building companies with construction to begin in July. We re pretty happy about everything so far. The building project has taken a lot of work, Mr Jago says. Everyone s quietly excited. The New Zealand Lotteries Grants Board has also given $750,000 to the project. However, grant ap- plications and fund- raising will continue. Mr Jago says there s a really good sense every- one is behind the project, including the Muriwai Progressive Association. President Malcolm Paterson says the surf lifeguards provide an essential service. One of the community fundraising events being developed is an outdoor movie night in the first weekend of April and the association is part of the team putting this together, he says. Overall project costs are estimated at $5.5 million, including site acquisition, design devel- opment and consul- tation, construction, vehicle access and util- ities reticulation. The cost to the club is about $4 million with the facility also intended as a new home for Muriwai clubs and groups. It will include a purpose-designed edu- cational facility and a venue for residents to gather. While the project is a big goal this year, the club has had a busy start to the year. Mr Jago says more rescues have been made so far this summer than all of last season. There have been two drownings at the beach s Rimmer Rd access, prompting calls for a future mobile lifeguard patrol to be stationed there. The popularity of the area, which is away from the main beach, partly because of the growth of the Helensville district and improvements made to motorway access. Membership has also increased with 550 on the books, including a large nipper team of nearly 200 and five surf boat teams. Riding high: It was a milestone celebration for lifeguards, including those from Muriwai Beach, who circumnavigated New Zealand in inflatable rescue boats. Muriwai lifeguards on wave of success Surf lifeguards from Muriwai have been in top competitive action so far this season. Not technically a com- petition but still record- beating, Muriwai lifeguards Jason Glew, Jason Harvey, Ash Matuschka and Andrew Lancaster were part of a milestone trip to cel- ebrate 100 years of surf life saving. The group set a New Zealand record circum- navigating the country in inflatable rescue boats in 34 days. In the Northern Region District Surf Life- saving Championships at Ruakaka, Muriwai men were third in the surf teams race, second in the board relay, sec- ond in the beach relay, and Chris Butt was third in the ironman. In the Northern Region championships at Mount Maunganui, cyc- lone weather made for massive surf and big winds with initial heats tough to get through. Head guard David Butt was rewarded when he pulled off an excellent wave into the beach to gain second in the open men s board final. Despite the challeng- ing competition among the North Island and Southern clubs, Mur- iwai s women s beach sprinters gained fourth in the open women s and U19 women s beach relays. The U21 women s boat crew were strong com- petitors in their long and short course races and went head-to-head with Piha for some tight finishes. They finished second in the women s U21 long course. On January 16, Muriwai won the North- ern Region patrol cham- pions at Waipu beach, continuing its successful tradition. Northern region clubs compete in life saving scenarios to test the best all-round patrolling team. Five lifeguards from each club compete in a surf swim, board rescue, tube rescue, theory test, first aid scenario and first aid demonstration to gain points. Stand-out competitor head lifeguard David Butt won the surf swim to set Muriwai off to an early lead with the rest of the team performing highly in all areas of the competition, securing victory. The runner-up was Whangarei Heads, fol- lowed by Piha in third.
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