Surf club gets funding for history book

Last updated 05:00 13/02/2014
Muriwai Beach

GALLANT RESCUE: This photo is from an old news clipping about a rescue on horseback at Muriwai Beach. It is among the interesting stories that it is hoped will come to light at an open day on February 16.

Muriwai Beach
SPLASH OUT: Funding has been found to write the history of the Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service.

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Do you have any stories, photos or any other helpful information to share for a book being written about the history of the Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service?

There will be an open day on February 16 from 10am and 5pm at the surf club to help the book's research group which has received a Lottery Environment and Heritage Grant.

Called Black Sand and Big Waves: A History of the Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service, the book will celebrate 85 years of the surf club's history.

Delwyn Shepherd of Muriwai, who is on the research group, says the engaging book is a project driven by the surf club for the wider Muriwai community.

"It is our intent to create a flow from start to present day that relates people and their stories to a narrative driven by decades plus how people respond to that," she says.

The group is looking for detailed historical information about early life on Auckland's West Coast, especially Muriwai.

It could be in the form of personal stories, poems or photographs or mementos, along with old images and archival articles.

"So if you have anything at all or want to be a part of this collaborative group we welcome you and all contributions with this project," Mrs Shepherd says.

Email muriwaisurfclubhistory @gmail.com or phone 411 8054 or 027 281 0640.

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