Tinopai’s new combined rescue services centre is a happening thing, with foundation earthworks now underway for a building to house the Coastguard North Kaipara rescue vessel, the rural fire tender and the first aid response vehicle.
Community fundraising activity provided a kick-start to the project, followed by a $111,000 lotteries grant, which boosted the total to a little over $171,000.
Fundraising for the remaining $20,000 is continuing.
“We are planning a sponsors’ wall in the centre, with a brick at $50, a block at $200, and a beam at $500,” said Tinopai Emergency Services Inc treasurer, Sarolta Bernhardt.
The north Kaipara is now home for the Tinopai-based Manaia Rescue; which is powered by twin motors providing a combined 270 horsepower and capable of 40 knots if required.
Two coastguard skippers have now qualified in its operation — Allan Crabb and Bobby Smith, after earning their masters qualifications as Industry Specific Certificates. Both men were on site as the earthworks got underway last week.
“It was a little wet, but good to get things started,” said Mr. Crabb.
For further information contact Sarolta Bernhardt email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 021 270 2135.