The Very Beginning...
On the 18th April, 1990, just as interest
in the Coast Guard Area Boat Group had diminished, Maurice Smith
who was then the director of the Community Services Committee of
the North Harbour Rotary Club, wrote to the Browns Bay Boating
Club stating that Rotary had identified the need for a high
speed all-weather rescue craft located on the North Shore to
service the outer harbour and inner gulf areas.
Interest was sought from the members of the Browns Bay Boating Club to see if they would be interested in managing a rescue vessel by rostering crews, organising local operations, using the boating club tractor to launch and retrieve and take care of the maintenance of the boat.
On 15 July, 1990, a protocol was signed giving the BBBC responsibility for physical aspects of the operation, maintenance and crewing the 6.7 metre Niad semi-inflatable. North Harbour Rotary Club would provide the vessel and ongoing funding.
On 25 July, 1990, a meeting was set up to form
a parent body to establish “North Harbour Sea Rescue”. By
October Coast Guard had endorsed the project, sponsors had been
approached, documents for Incorporation prepared, job
descriptions prepared and a volunteer list compiled.
On Sunday, 8 March, 1992, “Waste Management Rescue” was officially launched.
Summer 1992/1993 saw the vessel officially enter into rescue service
And the unit was fully integrated with Auckland Volunteer Coastguard on 30 July 1994
Later the vessel was replaced by a 9 meter Rayglass Protector
In late 2007 the unit managed to secure with funds and with
the help of Coastguard New Zealand and NZCT, North Shore Rescue
was launched. North Shore Rescue is a purpose built 9.5m alloy
RIB rescue vessel – the first of her kind, built by AMF in
Tauranga and now used by other units as far away as Canterbury,
Tutukaka and Hokianga.
In 2011 she was refurbished and refitted from bow to stern by BlueWater Boats in Henderson, giving her a new lease of life with a fresh paint job and new equipment such as a state of the art Simrad electronics package. This will allow her to serve many more years of faithful service.