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Lifesaving kicks off at Karekare

Labour Weekend saw the opening of the Lifesaving season at Karekare with Patrol 1 completing the 3 day Labour weekend patrol.

It will be a challenging season for the team with the surf club under construction. The team will be operating out of containers stored at a local property. This will pose some difficulties as the vehicles need to move through the traffic down Karekare Road and through the at times congested carpark. However our team are up for the challenge! Special thanks to our sponsor TSB who has donated $11,000 to the club for the purchase of a powered container that we will be able to use to store our vehicle, IRB and radios for operation. Thank you to our other sponsors including BP who have a long relationship with SLSNZ.

As New Zealanders enjoy their ‘Staycations’ this summer we have already seen record crowds over the winter months so we are are preparing for a busy season.

The patrols will operate at Karekare on all weekends and public holidays from Labour Weekend through to Easter. Hours of patrol are 11am – 4pm October, November, March and April. 11am – 5pm December, January and February.

Thanks to our wonderful callout squad who continue to be available outside of these hours. These are a dedicated group of local members who respond at the ‘drop of a hat’ to respond to any emergencies and searches in the local vicinity.

We look forward to seeing you at Karekare over the summer. Remember to bring your shoes – the sand is hot, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water – no shops here!

And most importantly always swim between the flags and we do not recommend swimming when there is no patrol in operation. Karekare has some very dangerous rips and holes and even a seasoned swimmer can get into trouble easily.

See you this summer!

What’s been happening…

The build of our new surf club and lifesaving facility started back in May 2020. We are excited to confirm we are now over 40% through the build, with the roof work nearly complete. Time for a roof shout!!

We have had wonderful support from our Community and Cassidy Construction have been a very professional organisation to deal with throughout the process. The club is now finalising plans for the kitchen and we have secured a beautiful piece of Totara for a Pou in our landscaped garden.

The club has nearly raised $3.3m to complete the build and we now have the fitout to complete. If you would like to be a part of the future of the new facility please check out our fundraising options below:

Buy a Smithy Step $100 – Sold out sorry!

Buy a Bunk $250 – just 3 of these remain – get in quick if you would like to secure one!

Buy a Plank $150 – your chance to have your name inscribed on our deck

Wall of Fame from $100 – Our committee room will have brass plaques with a wall of fame

Bunk Rooms – All of these have been sold to our wonderful original member families that date back to 1935. It is wonderful to have these families on board with us. Each bunk room will have a photo and their story.

Sunset and Arrival Decks – Sold out sorry!

Watchman Tower – Sold out sorry!

Powercraft Room – Yes, I am still available. Please contact Sir Bob Harvey to discuss funding options

All donations can be made through our website on the donate now button or please email Club Secretary Teresa at

This is a very exciting time in the future of our club, get on board and be part of our team.