Surf life-saving: Historic name revived by club

The Warrington Surf Life Saving Club has revived a historic name by adopting Moana Rua as its official Maori title.

The move came as the club reviewed its constitution at its annual meeting recently.

A draft template from the national body provided for a Maori name.

Moana Rua Surf Life Saving Club was founded as a women's 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, said.

The club had a much longer history than its presence at Warrington beach.

The name also reflected the position of Warrington beach between two "seas": the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay, he said.

It was also pointed out at the meeting that Warrington beach had gained much of the sand from Middle beach. Mark Familton was elected president with a committee of six other members.

The Warrington/Moana Rua club will be 50 years old next year.

 

Correction

Turns out the club was founded in 1957 at Middle Beach. That makes it 55 in 2012. Warrington (Moana Rua) Surf Life Saving Club celebrated this minor anniversary today (February 5).