Surf season starts with a warning
Surf Life Saving New Zealand began its season on Auckland and Northland beaches last month. SLSNZ volunteer manager Chris Emmett says Covid-19 restrictions mean that this season “will be a little different”.
“The public may not see the familiar red and yellow flags as clubs may be operating at reduced capacity, instead using observational patrols and lifeguards in towers.”
Chris warns that the public should take extra caution in the water. If conditions are too dangerous, beaches may be “red flagged” and swimmers should not enter the water.
Puhoi carnival axed
The Puhoi Axeman Club says it has reluctantly decided to cancel its 2022 Wood Chopping Carnival.
“The club is saddened, as we really do love to put on these shows, but in the current Covid situation it is not possible. We are unable to train, collect blocks or run our club.”
The club thanked its sponsors, supporters and the Puhoi Hotel team for building the event into the largest woodchopping competition in New Zealand.
It says it is looking forward to making 2023 the “biggest and best” event it can possibly be. Next year will be theclub’s 60th anniversary.
Highland games tossed
The Waipu Caledonian Committee is “saddened” to have to cancel the Waipu Highland games scheduled to be held on New Year’s Day.
“Uncertainties and wide ranging restrictions have made holding a large scale event incredibly difficult to organise,” the committee says.
The committee says it discussed different options for holding the games, but it was facing “too many hurdles” for the event to be viable. It thanked clans and vendors for their support and said refunds would soon be made.
It is looking forward to the 2023 Waipu Highland Games, which will celebrate 150 years of the event.
Puhoi football shuffle
Veteran coach Luke McIntyre has been appointed as head coach of the Puhoi Soccer Club’s first team, replacing John Ellis. McIntyre served as coach until the end of 2020, and is “looking to pick up where he left off.”
“The priority will be to stabilise and rebuild around the current core group of players who served in 2021,” he says.
Players interested for the 2022 season should contact Luke on 021 109 5494.
Ken Erceg comp
Claire Anstett was the winner of the prestigious Ken Erceg trophy last month. The trophy was awarded by Kawau Bay Fishing Club for her 1.49kg snapper, which was closest to the average weight of 1.54 kg. Heaviest snapper went to Kevin Johnston with his 6.45kg catch. This month, the club will again be making an award to a member who catches the heaviest snapper. To join the club, visit www.kawaubayfishingclub.nz/membership