In 1975 Maraetai Beach Boating Club, following a light aircraft crash of Duders Beach, set up a 16ft runabout for sea rescue as well as a club patrol vessel. In 1982 this vessel won an Auckland Coastguard award for the most rescues. In 2001 legal requirements around foreshore use became more stringent so the boating club removed sea rescue from its constitution.
The Pohutukawa Coast Sea Rescue Trust was established to continue sea rescue services and provide boating education courses in the community. In August 2004 the original vessel was replaced with an 8.5m Rayglass Protector and the operational arm of the Trust formed an incorporated society known as Maraetai Sea Rescue Inc. Following affiliation with Coastguard NZ the name was changed to Coastguard Maraetai Inc. (CM) to reflect this closer association. The Protector retained the name Maraetai Rescue One and the original call sign ZMV8994.
In November 2011 Coastguard Maraetai launched a brand new Naiad 9.5m RIB - the current Maraetai Rescue One.
Members of Coastguard Maraetai predominantly live in Beachlands and Maraetai but come from as far a field as Clevedon. Members must complete the Coastguard Northern Region Training Matrix which includes VHF radio course, Marine Medic and Boat Master as well as search and rescue related modules to become operational crew.
Ongoing training consists of weekly theory nights as well as on water practical training. Advanced training is also provided for those who wish to progress through Senior Operation and on to Skipper. All sea time is recognised as “commercial” in regard to maritime qualifications allowing members to work toward a maritime career. Coastguard Maraetai Charity Registration Number is CC34194
Feel free to contact us by phoning our President or Crew Chief President: Mike Sommerville – 021 765 742 Crew Chief: Kerry Johnson – 021 864 864