by Peter Dowden
Warrington Surf Life Saving Club has revived a historic name in
Dunedin surf life saving by adopting Moana Rua as its official Maori
The move came as the club reviewed its constitution at its Annual
General Meeting last Saturday, 14 August. A draft template from the
national life saving body provided for a Maori name.
Moana Rua Surf Life Saving Club was founded as a ladies' club at
Middle Beach, near St Clair, in 1961, when surf life saving was mainly
a male domain. After erosion caused rip problems there, it relocated
patrols to Warrington in 1976 and a new building was officially opened
in 1980. After a short time, the by-then-unisex club renamed itself
Warrington Surf Life Saving Club.
"The name Moana Rua comes from the whakapapa of our club," outgoing
president Pete Russell, of Warrington, explained. The club had a much
longer history than its presence at Warrington Beach. The name also
reflects the position of Warrington Beach between two 'seas': the
Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. It was also pointed out at the AGM
that Warrington Beach has now gained much of the sand from
badly-eroded Middle Beach. The Warrington/Moana Rua club will be 50
years old next year.
At the AGM, Mark Familton, of Warrington, was elected President with a
committee of six other members.
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