United North Piha Lifeguard Services’ rebuild program is underway.
This year the club has been working with Te Kawerau A Maki, who have gifted the names “Te Pae” (The Heron’s Perch or Horizon) for the new Tower and “Te Po” (The support behind the Tower) for the new Clubhouse.
Scarbro Constuction Ltd were to commence work to construct the new Tower on the 18th of September (however something else came up…. A Covid Resurgence). Te Kawerau A Maki local Kaumatua, Pita Turei had offered to carry out a blessing of the site for the commencement of those works, which have also, unfortunately, required postponement.
We are indebted to Surf Life Saving NZ, a number of local benefactors, Bridgeman Concrete Ltd, Total Access Ltd, Peter Fell Concrete and Hynds Pipes Ltd for their generous grants, donations and support for this 1st stage of the project.
In addition to how Covid has affected the health of many, our way of life, businesses and the economy, the resulting shortages of materials and resources, particularly in the construction industry, has seen an unprecedented building cost increases in the last 12 months.
The club rebuild project was severely impacted by these cost increases at tender stage, with construction quotes over 30% greater than the 4month old Quantity Surveyor Estimate, on which our fundraising had been planned.
We have, with our Architects, undertaken a further value engineering process to reduce the build cost and are now seeking suppliers and manufacturers, who will donate or offer at reduced cost, materials and services for the project.
Nearly $500,000 of club reserves and community donation has been invested to date in the design, engineering and consent phases of the project.
Grants from; Auckland Council, Foundation North, The Trusts Community Trust, Grassroots Trust along with donations and commitments from the Local Community and Businesses totalling $3,000,000 have been raised to date. A further $2,000,000 in grant applications to SLSNZ and the Lotteries Community Facilities fund are currently being assessed.
The Club Trustees are currently planning a charity auction to be hosted in November by the art auction house, Art + Object.
Donations to the project can be made through our “Causes” page.
If anyone has a question about the project, or knows of any businesses that may be able to support the project, please email us at, firstname.lastname@example.org.