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Mangawhai Volunteer Surf Lifeguard Service Inc


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or more information about MHVLS please email mangawhaisurfclub@xtra.co.nz 

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Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service
Wintle Street, Mangawhai Heads
PO Box 30 Mangawhai 0540
President – Melville Laird
Club Captain – Tim Gibb
Public Relations – Tony Baker - baker.buddha@gmail.com
Junior Surf Co-ordinator –Shay Waldron

MHVLS preparing for busy summer season 2015/2016

Mangawhai Heads Volunteer lifeguards will be busy over the summer period with visitor numbers to Mangawhai Heads expected to increase from previous years. Weekend patrols have been operating smoothly although there have been a few minor incidents. Most recently there was a rescue off the main surf beach during the recent swell produced by Tropical Cyclone Luci. There were a number of near misses on "The Bar" with a few boaties heading out oblivious to the risky and shallow harbour entrance.

One area for development that locals and visitors to the Heads will notice is the enhancement of the Mangawhai Heads Surf Club property boundary. Recently there were a number of complaints made by the public about people driving along the Heads Surf Beach and as a result  the Surf Club has reinstated the use of the gate to the beach, which will be locked outside of Lifeguard Patrol hours, as requested by the KDC.

 Further to this the Mangawhai Heads VLS in consultation with the Kaipara District Council will be looking to improve the boundary of the Surf Club by way of building a fence and gates, to improve Public Health and Safety and reduce any risks associated with people being in and around the Surf Club during patrol hours. This will also reduce the chance of people driving on the beach. 

MHVLS Clubhouse Director Peter McInnes who is leading the project wants to ensure that both the public and club members are safe especially during the busy holiday period. " MHVLS lifeguards need the access to the club and surrounds to be uninterrupted as we set up for both Volunteer and Professional Lifeguard Services. The access must remain clear especially if we require assistance from St John Ambulance, NZ Police and NZ Fire Services" he said. " People will need to use the KDC provided walkway down on to the beach". The building of a new fence will restrict access for the public to the Surf Club property and reduce any risks of injury to the public by vehicles or other SLS equipment.  Signage will also be put up to ensure the public are aware of these hazards and restrictions. "This is a really positive step towards ensuring both member and public health and safety" said McInnes. "We just want people to be safe, and ensure we can deliver our services the best we can". 

Public Relations Officer Tony Baker feels that the new fence and gate will only enhance the Mangawhai Heads Reserve. " We have met up with the KDC and feel that the project will add value to the Reserve at the heads. It's unfortunate that the Club needed to close off access to the public, but whens its busy we really don't want people in harms way" he said. " Mangawhai Heads is quite a unique space and we really want to improve peoples experiences when they visit. People often walk down through and park on the Surf Clubs property and when it's busy there is always a risk of an accident. Reducing the risk of injury is one way to ensure people enjoy there time in Mangawhai. 

Volunteers are hoping to construct the fence and have signage up before the new year, with a number of other enhancements planned in the New Year. " We are really pleased with the positive response we have had from the KDC and look forward to enhancing the Mangawhai Heads Reserve through this project. Have a safe summer season at Mangawhai Heads" Baker said. 
The SLSNR Regional Lifeguard Service commenced this week and professional lifeguards will be working from 10am-6pm weekdays right through till the end of January.  Volunteer lifeguard patrols run through till Easter. 
Jackman Waterman Classic 2014 
Jackman 2014 Photo(copy)The 2014 Jackman Waterman Classic long distance paddle race took place on Saturday 1st February. Lifeguards from Mangawhai Heads VLS, Waipu Cove SLSC and Omaha SLSC clubs took part in the 12km race. Due to surf and weather conditions event organisers chose to run the paddle starting in Mangawhai Heads and finishing at Waipu Cove. With a strong South East tail wind and increasing Easterly swell of 1.5m, individual paddlers and Canoe teams enjoyed the time on the water.
The Waipu Cove Junior Mens team of Cain Watson, Matt Jensen, Marco Rodrigue and Sam McNamara won the Canoe Division with a solid time of 1hr 5minutes. In the Board Paddle it was young Mangawhai Heads lifeguard Hannah Williams who took out her division with a near record time of 1hr 39minutes.

See below a summary of times for each division:
1:05:37 - Canoe - U19 male - Waipu
1:22:12 - Canoe - Masters male  - Waipu
1:29:01 - Canoe - Mixed - Mangawhai 
1:39:43 - Board - Hannah Williams - U19 Female
1:40:33 - Board - Jamie Peterson - U19 Male - Omaha
1:46:22 - Board - Dan Russek - Master Male - Mangawhai
1:52:31 - Board - Brad Kehoe - Open Male - Mangawhai
1:55:16 - Board - Tim Gibb - Open Male - Mangawhai
1:55.16 - Board - Tony Baker - Master Male - Mangawhai
2:28:00 - Board - Ross Young - Open Male - Mangawhai
2:51:00 - Board - Scott Macbeth - Master Male - Mangawhai.
The Jackman Waterman Classic is an Annual Event hosted by the Mangawhai Heads VLS in honour of living legend and Muriwai Lifeguard Dave Jackman. Huge thanks to Waipu Cove SLSC for thier support of the event. Also to Print Poppa Designs in Auckland.
Coastguard donate Night Rescue Equipment
It was excellent to see the donation of some Night Rescue Equipment to the Mangawhai Heads VLS recently. Powercraft Officer Murray Dix was pleased to receive the equipment which will be included in the After Hours Rescue Kit used on the Sea Rider rescue boat at MHVLS. Dix, a recent NZ Search and Rescue Award winner was excited to be able to learn how to use the equipment and wanted to say a huge thanks to Coastguard Auckland for its kind donation. The donated equipment included Night Vision Goggles, extra boat towing ropes and jumper leads and a stretcher. 
Upcoming Events
22nd Annual Lifeguard Longboard Nationals - 22nd February 2014   POSTER(copy)(copy)
The 22nd Annual Lifeguard Longboard Nationals will be taking place on the 22nd February 2014 at Mangawhai Heads. This is a great event and attract lifeguards / surfers from all over the North Island and often overseas guards from USA etc. The event is kindly sponsored by BAMMAS Surf Shop in Mangawhai, Rush Coffee, Lochiel estate Vineyard and Fletcher Construction. For more information email baker.buddha@gmail.com
2013 Lifeguard Longboard Nationals Line Up PHOTO Dave McNeish(copy)
Busy summer season  for Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service

MHVLS Lifeguards will be operating volunteer patrols on weekends and public holidays until Easter 2014.  For more information about MHVLS please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Remember ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS and if you see someone in trouble CALL 111 immediately.

  Melville Laird on patrol at Mangawhai Heads this past weekend, with his son James

Melville Laird   MVHLS President 2013(copy)Melville Laird was voted in as President and the longtime member of the club is excited about the coming season and what the club can achieve. "I'm proud to become President of MHVLS and am looking forward to building on the hard work and successes of the previous committee and President" he said. Laird replaces Mike Ferguson who has been president for the past 3 seasons and among other achievements has been overseeing the clubhouse renovations. 
Another key position that has been filled this year is the role of Chairman on the Executive and taking up this is Daniel Russek, a life member and very experienced Lifeguard in his own right. Russek has been around the club for over 20 years and brings a positive and organised approach to the table. "I’ve been a long serving member of this club, since I was a skinny 9yr old. I’m extremely proud of this club & all of those who work so hard in all its years.  I strongly believe this club has an opportunity to put some good young enthusiastic people in the driver’s seat and move forward on to even greater things" he says. Russek hopes to bring unity to the club and will no doubt be itching to see the completion of the clubhouse along with many other projects in the coming season.  Russek takes over from interim Chairman Simon Bennett who has been integral in the lead up to the AGM. 
One other key role that will see a new face is Club Captain, which has been taken on by Tim Gibb. No stranger to the club, Gibb has been an active member for over 5 seasons and has spent extensive time working as a professional lifeguard here in NZ for SLSNZ as well as a stint working in the UK for the RNLI. Gibb, who studies Law at Victoria University, will bring his operational skills to the role and is excited about this opportunity. " Yeah I'm stoked on being elected as Club Captain, I am excited about the season ahead". Gibb replaces 2013 SLSNR Lifeguard of the Year - Richard Kanneymeyer who has been in the role for the past 3 season. Gibb will be busy patrolling as a volunteer in his weekends, and has recently been employed for the full 12 weeks for the SLSNZ Regional Lifeguard Service.  
Daniel Russek(copy)Russek and Gibb form two of the six members of the Executive. Other key positions include Junior Surf Coordinator, Clubhouse Director and Treasurer. 
Photo of Daniel Russek watching over crowds at one of our Annual Beach Days. Credit - Tony Baker
Please see below a summary of the 2013/2014 MHVLS Committee:
Club President - Melville Laird
Vice President - Tony Baker
Chairman - Daniel Russek (Executive)
Treasurer - Gordon Finlayson (Executive)
Club Captain - Tim Gibb (Executive)
Executive (3) - Rochelle Flavell, Alex Tidyman, Arnie Leader
Club Instructor - Amanda Aislabie
Clubhouse Director - Jess Costello
Powercraft Officer - Murray Dix
Gear Steward - Paul Smith
First Aid Officer - Simon Dobrowolski
Junior Surf Coordinator - Shay Waldron
Membership Development - Kathy Newman
Public Relations Officer - Tony Baker
Club Patron - Marie Flavell
The Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc. operates volunteer Lifeguard Patrols and runs Junior Surf and Sports programmes from October through till April each year.  
For more information about MHVLS please email mangawhaisurfclub@xtra.co.nz 
Please don't hesitate to get in contact if you require any further information.
Tony Baker // Vice President / Public Relations Officer
Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc.
021 907066
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