ToaLine – December 2015

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December 2015

 Club Presidents Comments

Michael Jeffs - Club President

Michael Jeffs – Club President

Hello again, fellow members. I know everyone will be looking forward to heading to the beach soon.  By all accounts the weather is supposed to be fantastic over Christmas.

Those of you who have been down to the club recently would have seen the renovated lifeguard kitchen and lounge, new storage areas and bunkrooms. I am sure you will all agree these are a huge improvement to the club’s facilities. I would like to thank Chris Amess and his team from Total Works Carpentry for working to a tight deadline and finishing on time. We also need to acknowledge the support of our principal sponsor, Trust Waikato and also the Hauraki District Council for providing major grants to get this work underway.

You will also have seen a call for fundraising to provide new furniture for the club. In a short time we have received some very generous donations from club members and the local business communities in Whangamata. Waihi and Whiritoa. It is great to see your support for the club and as a committee we are working hard to make your club part of the community and a first class lifeguard service for you all.

Roll on another summer at Toa, look forward to seeing you at the beach – Michael

Michael Jeffs, Club President

Volunteer Bar Staff Wanted

The Club is short of volunteers to run the bar over the summer season. If anyone can assist and go on the roster please contact Gavin Macdonald on or 027 4973366. We don’t want to run dry over summer!

Whiritoa Summer Holiday Programme

Sunday 27th Dec

Sandcastle Competition 3pm

Meet on the beach by the walkway nearest to the Surf Club. Open to all ages, individuals, groups and families. Use innovation and skill to impress the judges. Use only natural materials.  Gold coin donation please.

Monday 28 Dec

Big Dig Treasure Hunt    9am

Kids, Nippers come and dig for prizes. Hands only. Meet at walkway left of Surf Club. Gold coin donation please.

Kids Ice Cream Eating Competition  3 pm

Kids, enjoy some messy fun. Please register at the shop for this popular event by 6pm on Saturday 27th.  Held outside the Surf Club.  Gold coin donation please.

Kid’s Quiz Night 6.30-8 pm

At the Surf Club.  Teams of 5 for ages 10-14 only.  Test your knowledge  of music, sports, geography and pop culture and enjoy a fun evening.   $10 per team. Form your own team or come along to join another.

Tuesday 29 Dec

Yoga #1 DETOX, 8am, lagoon

Restore energy back into your body after the Xmas feasts. These restorative yoga classes are aimed at opening up the energy channels in the body- suitable for all ages and abilities, and those who just want to get outside and do a little stretching in a peaceful environment. Just bring your own yoga mat (or towel), and comfortable clothing. Join Sarah on the sand at the lagoon. Gold coin donation please.

Tennis Competition- all day

Open to all ages, doubles only. If interested sign up at shop by noon on 28 Dec. Draw will be posted at Surf Club, shop and court. Saving day will be Wednesday  if wet.

Jazz Concert- from 7,30pm

Spiral, featuring the versatile and talented  Andrew Hall, accomplished saxophonist and jazz singer, returns for another entertaining concert at the Surf Club. An accomplished band playing popular jazz and some of their own original music.

A cold drink , great company, wonderful views and some relaxing music at the best garden bar in NZ. What more could you want? Dig deep for donations please.

Wednesday  30 Dec

Saving day for tennis

Battle of the Streets Tug of War 6 pm

A popular and hotly contested event. Form a team with friends, family or neighbours to compete. A great way to meet your neighbours or other people in your street. Teams of 7, minimum of 3 females. Two age group competitions – Adults and kids (under 14 years of age at 30/12/2015).

Entry per team $10 Adults and $5 kids. Quench your thirst in the bar afterwards.

Sign up at the surf club or contact Garry to register on 027 245 7595 by 4 pm 30/12/2015

Thursday 31st

Yoga #2 REJUVENATE, 8 am lagoon

Do your body and mind a favour this morning: relax, rejuvenate, and strengthen. These restorative yoga classes are aimed at opening up the energy channels in the body- suitable for all ages and abilities, and those who just want to get outside and do a little stretching in a peaceful environment. Just bring your own yoga mat (or towel), and comfortable clothing. Join Sarah on the sand at the lagoon. Gold coin donation please.

No evening events planned for New Year’s Eve.

Friday 1st  January


Mums and Dads, send the kids along while you enjoy some quiet time while you  recover from last night’s partying.
Hey kids! Get creative. A quiet, indoor activity doing  beachy arts and crafts at the Surf Club for children aged 7-12 years. A maximum of 20 so first in, first served. Please bring $2 towards cost of materials.

Nothing Trivial Quiz Night- 7.30pm

Form a team or join a team of 6 to put your brains to the test. At the Surf Club.
An evening of light-hearted entertainment and competition.
Entry charge of $5  per person Prizes. Bar will be open for refreshments.
This is always very popular so be early or you will miss out.


Saturday 2nd  Jan

King of the Mountain  8 am

A long standing Whiritoa tradition.  Registration forms available at shop and Surf Club from 31 Dec. Sign up at 8am, ready for an 8.30 am start. Kids- up to 15, Men, Women. Cups and prizes to be won. Entry charge $5 an adult, $2 per child. A fundraiser for a fantastic cause- our Surf Club.

Miss Whiritoa Beauty Contest  4 pm

Come and strut your stuff. Categories include all ages, girls, boys, women and men. Register at Surf Club between 2 – 3pm. Entry fee applies. Please be prompt. Competition starts at 4pm


Sunday 3rd Jan

Sunrise Yoga #3 ENERGIZE, main beach, 6 am

A session aimed at energizing your body for the New Year. Join Sarah on the main beach in front of surf club to welcome in the morning sun. Yes, an early start this time, but a great opportunity to experience the magic of sunrise yoga –you won’t regret it!  Just bring your own yoga mat (or towel), and comfortable clothing. Gold coin donation please.

Beach Fair 9am – 1pm

Come and bag some bargains, try your luck on the raffles, scoff a sausage, sample some fresh produce or buy some beautiful crafts. We have it all!

On the reserve by the Surf Club. Stalls and fun activities to raise funds for Fire Brigade, St Johns and library. If interested in having a stall contact Chris Bull 07 865 6656

Events may have to be cancelled at short notice if weather is unfavourable.
Please check notice boards for further details and any changes to the programme.
Events are organised and run by volunteers for your enjoyment- Please support them.
Any proceeds go to support the sterling work of our Surf Club
We are always looking for new ideas for events, willing helpers to run them and sponsors. If you can help please contact Wendy Turner-Wright.

Download a PDF version of the 2015/16 Summer Program

New detailed event calendar system implemented on the website.

New Calendar System

New Calendar System

The club communications team (Alex Polglase and Blair Graham) have been working on a new calendar of events system to better communicate the long list of events we run throughout the year.

This can be found by clicking the “Calendars” link in the main navigation of the Club Website,

Clicking the Calendars link brings back all events loaded and hovering over the link produces a drop down where you can select a category of event and it only brings back those events relating to that category. Hover over an event within the calendar and it brings back further detail like location, timings and comments.

Categories setup to date include:

  • Whiritoa Patrol Dates
  • Junior Surf Events
  • Lifeguard Training
  • SLSNZ Events
  • Bar Opening Dates
  • Committee Meetings
  • Summer Program

If you have an event you would like listed you can email this to, and we will enter it for you. If your event doesn’t fit the above mentioned categories, send it anyway and we will setup an appropriate category. We could have a general district events category to post a fund raising event for the local Fire Service for example. We are really keen to make this the “goto place” for all events in the Whiritoa Village and surrounding areas.

Blair Graham – General Committee

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Blair Graham – – 021828044

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