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New temporary home for Coastguard Titirangi2 min read

Jul 11, 2023 2 min

New temporary home for Coastguard Titirangi2 min read

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Richard Ward and Maarten van der Zeyden at the new base for the Coastguard Titirangi at the Onehunga Wharf (photo supplied)

Coastguard Titirangi has a found a new temporary home on the Onehunga Wharf after a significant landslide destroyed their 45-year old home in French Bay.

The coastguard is operating from the temporary base after their base was severely damaged by the landslide during the devastating floods on the Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

They signed a lease with Eke Panuku to operate out of the Onehunga Wharf until a new base has been found closer to Titirangi, as it is uncertain whether the site in French Bay will be rebuilt.

“Coastguard Titirangi has a vital role providing an emergency rescue service on the Manukau Harbour,” says Precinct Portfolio Manager at Eke Panuku, Richard Ward. “We are delighted to give them certainty with their operating base to get them back on the water to look out for boaties.”

According to Coastguard Titirangi President, Maarten van der Zeyden, the new base, and repairs to their rescue vessel damaged during the landslide, completes the essential set up needed for a return to normal operations and training.

“It has been a demanding few months for our small unit of committed volunteers, and the outpouring of support from the community and our sponsors has been heart-warming,” says Maarten.

“We’re grateful for all the assistance we have received, which has been crucial in getting us back on the water. We are in a good position to help boaties across the Manukau Harbour to enjoy their day out on the water safely and with confidence,” he adds.

The vessel and crew of Coastguard Titirangi took over the new site at the beginning of June, and resumed their vital role providing an emergency rescue service on the Manukau Harbour.

Coastguard Titirangi is a registered charity and relies on funding to support its ongoing operation.

It is one of three units based on the Manukau Harbour, alongside Papakura and Waiuku, and is critical to many search and rescue operations.