We Need Your Help
Wakatere is seeking your help with our building project - the Deck Extension
Late October 2019 we received the long awaited Council building consent for our deck replacement and extension and now it's time to swing the club into action to help with this huge project. Can you offer help in the following areas:
As a family focused dinghy sailing club, with normal operational costs funded by membership and locker fees, we need your support for the bigger things. Financial contributions from people in the wider Devonport and Wakatere community who recognise the value in what we offer, however big or small, are welcome.
Club members have done an excellent job to date of getting the initial funding underway. We began in August 2017 with a Seagulls Luncheon, a Travel Raffle in 2018 and a second Seagulls Luncheon in 2020. We have a funding committee and would welcome any member who'd like to help in this area to please get in touch with offers of help or funding ideas.
Do you work in the building industry in any form and would you like to help the club with this project? This could be in assistance with planning or execution of the project. e.g. Project Management, Builder, Plumber, Electrician, concrete and block worker, supplier of materials etc. Any help you think you'd be able to offer we'd really like to hear from you. All practical contributions will be warmly received.
Your support will make a huge difference.
Why it's Needed
Wakatere Boating Club has been operating on Narrow Neck Beach for over 90 years. It's facilities and club house have evolved to accommodate the ever changing needs of its members and the community but now it's time for the next evolution of what we are able to provide.
Wakatere has been fortunate to benefit from the growth in sailing over recent years - from exposure of Olympic and America's Cup success, proximity to the Hauraki Gulf and our well managed Junior coaching programmes. It's expanding ranks of Junior, Youth and Senior competitors has grown consistently to a base of over 400 members. Most of these sailors are families from within the local Devonport community and are all seeking an active lifestyle through the sport of sailing.
Our location between the road and beach is constraining our growth and the ability to store sailing dinghies of all types at the club. With an increasing number of members and sailing classes, Wakatere needs to find a way to accommodate more sailors and more boats.
Wakatere began discussions with valued former club member, and renowned local architect Ken Davis, on solutions of how we could sympathetically add additional storage space without impacting the club's ability to operate. We need to improve the outdoor spaces around the club and add some much needed shade and shelter.
Ken quickly identified the small amount of vacant and buildable land on the Northern side of the clubhouse that would meet these objectives and the initiative was approved by land owners Auckland Council and the Wakatere Committee and its members.
Once completed the new building work will provide an invaluable space of shaded decking that the local community and Wakatere members can enjoy in a safe, family friendly environment.