Te Pae – Heron’s Perch or Horizon
Our New Tower
After Covid lockdown delayed the construction start for our new tower, Scarbro Contractors have now made significant progress with the build.
On Tuesday, 26 October Te Kawerau A Maki local Kaumatua, Pita Turei, delivered an on-site blessing for the project.
The old tower was removed and Scarbro Construction is working to have the tower erected with a roof on by Christmas. The build will be completed in the New Year. Patrollers will have access to the semi complete structure for our busy summer holiday period.
The bulk of the funding for Te Pae was provided by our national body, Surf life Saving New Zealand. We are also indebted to local residents Michael Edgar/Susan Nemec, John Ormiston, Dave Copley, Rick Cutfield/Liz Segedin and Rob Campbell for their donations back in 2019 which initiated these tower replacement works. Other support and donations which have allowed this project to achieve fruition are, The Hynds Foundation, TSB Bank, Bridgeman Concrete Ltd, Total Access Ltd, Scarbro Constuction Ltd, Markham Global Ltd, Peter Fell Concrete, BGT Structures Ltd, Soil & Rock Consultants, Site Specific Ltd and local drainage contractor, Antony from Civil Pig.
Te Po – The Support Behind UNPLS operations
Our new clubhouse
We have completed the design, engineering and secured all necessary consents and landowner approvals for our new clubhouse to be built for an investment of $490,000. This has been funded from Club reserves, grants from Local Boards, The Trusts’ Million Dollar Mission, St Lazarus Trust and just over $210,000 of donations from our local Piha Community members.
The impact of Covid on Te Po has been significantly greater than for Te Pae. This has resulted in Te Po being delayed by Auckland’s lockdown. Also, the gaming funders, which usually support this type of project, have had no income for many months and are currently unable to assist. We have also had to cope with supply chain issues in the construction sector which have resulted in rampant cost increases.
We plan to commence the build of our clubhouse in the first half of next year, subject to meeting our fundraising target.
This leaves the new clubhouse and wastewater treatment system, at a budgeted cost of $5,126,000 including professional services and contingencies.
To date the committee has secured $4,350,000 in grants, commitments and donations’. We have offers of loan underwrites for up to $400,000 to get us underway and through the construction phase, however we still need to find that value, so as not to leave the club membership with a loan to service after completion.
Over the last 12 months the club has carried out a refurbishment of the gear shed, with the roof and all doors being replaced at the start of the year and more recently a coat of pain to match the adjoining Barnett Hall.
The bulk of this work was funded from our National body and assisted considerably through donations of materials and services by Dulux New Zealand, Provincial Painters Ltd and Access Specialties Ltd and discounted materials and services from Garador Auckland and local roofing contractor, New Era Roofing Ltd.
With the need to secure a further $870,000 to complete our projects, before Auckland Council as Cornerstone Funder, can provide approval for the club to enter into a construction contract, the club has a mission on its hands as well as an expected very busy season on the beach.
The Club Trustees are currently planning a major charity auction to be hosted in February by Auckland’s preeminent art auction house, Art + Object.
In addition to seeking direct financial support (Donations) and to reduce construction costs, we wish to secure donations of materials and services, (timber, structural & reinforcing steel, concrete & concrete pre-casters, plumbing & electrical suppliers, earthworks and demolition contractors etc) to help meet our fundraising target.
If you have contacts and or know of and can potentially persuade any of these types of suppliers to come on board, it will be most appreciated and we would look forward to your contact..
Donations to the project can be made through our “Causes” page at, https://unitednorthpiha.org.nz
If anyone has questions about the project, or knows of any businesses that may be able to support the project, please email Gareth Neilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
United North Piha Lifeguard Service Inc.