Club Rebuild

Clubhouse Rebuild Plans

The building subcommittee has been putting in many hours alongside our architectural partner and other external partners including Hauraki District Council, Town Planner, Quantity Surveyor, Engineers, immediate neighbours and Coastal Specialists to determine what is possible and what is not.  From this we have narrowed the options down to the most suitable concept plan, which was presented to members on February 4, 2024, and may be downloaded by clicking the links below:

Our Current Stage - Define (Preliminary Design)

The building sub-committee is currently refining the preliminary design to provide appropriate relationships and sizes of spaces, including coordinating the input of the other consultants, and any refinements to the Client Brief that will impact the form, functionality and cost of the Project.

Activities during this stage include:

  • Regular PCG Meetings

  • Regular User Group Workshops

  • Meet with Hauraki District Council

  • Visit other relevant Surf Club facilities to see best practice

  • Refine Brief & Programme

  • Cost Plan check by Quantity Surveyor


  • Updated Site Analysis Diagrams

  • Concept Diagrams and DGI (render) to convey the look and feel of the new facility

  • Preliminary:  Site Plan, Floor Plans, Sections, Elevations

  • Return Brief & Area Schedule

  • Proposed Material and Finishes Schedule

  • Preliminary Structural Report, Geotechnical Report, Fire Report, Services Report (Infrastructure), Town Planning Assessment and Cost Plan Report

If you have a question on the project or would like to share a comment with the team, please send an email to us at

Frequently Asked Questions

What prompted the committee to move forward with a clubhouse rebuild project now?

Following a nationwide property survey undertaken by an independent property assessor on behalf of Surf Lifesaving NZ (SLSNZ) in 2021 of all existing SLSNZ club facilities, the Whiritoa Clubhouse was reported to be in a poor condition and past its useful life with the existing facilities not meeting the immediate needs of the club due to the condition, capacity, and layout.  It was recommended by through the independent building assessment that a complete rebuild of the main club building was recommended.

How are the external providers being selected?

All external providers are selected by the building subcommittee after working through a rigorous Request For Proposal (RFP) process which includes several interviews with the key management and the core delivery team, reference checks on prior work and a thorough independent proposal review.  We appreciate there will be organisations throughout the course of our project who put forth a proposal but are not successful, and we thank everyone for their passion and energy in our project.

As a club member or local community resident, when can I give feedback on the design and functionality of the new clubhouse?

During August to October 2023, the build sub-committee, along with senior lifeguards and key stakeholders provided a thorough brief and have undertaken multiple engagement sessions with RTA Studio.  We are planning to unveil the first concept plans at our 50th Anniversary celebrations over Waitangi Weekend.  Following this unveiling we will be encouraging community and member consultation to ensure that the new building is meeting the needs of the community and our members.

How can I support the project financially?

You can make an online donation via our fundraising page at  Donations can be made by credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay and can be one-off or monthly recurring donations.

What is the expected breakdown in the funding allocation for the rebuild costs?

In previous years, the Whiritoa Lifeguard Service Committee has been aware that a clubhouse rebuild was imminent.  As reported at the last club Annual General Meeting (AGM) trading profits from club activities including Bar and Snack bar sales have been set aside over recent years knowing this investment will be required.  However, a majority of funding for the clubhouse redevelopment will be sourced from external funding organisations including Community Grants, Surf Lifesaving NZ capex funding and corporate sponsorship.  If you would like to support the fundraising activities, please send an email to the team at

What is the estimated cost of rebuilding a new clubhouse?

As we are at the early stages of the project and have not yet finalised the clubhouse design, we do not have a final construction cost.  However, based on other comparable clubhouse rebuild projects we expect the total cost of the project to be approximately $5million.  This amount was determined through a facilities comparison with other similar SLSNZ clubs that have recently been constructed and additionally checked through a professional cost estimate based on the initial scope from key stakeholders. As you can imagine we require significant support from corporate sponsors and community funding organisations.  If you would like to discuss a Corporate Sponsorship package, please get in touch with the team via

Why is it going to cost so much?

There are many factors to be aware of in such a build and it all adds up.  The building itself will have its own cost however the process as a whole has costs that some people may not be aware of, such as:

  • Council and consultant fees

  • Material costs

  • Labour costs (architects, builders, plumbers, electricians etc)

  • The removal of the current building + correct disposal of asbestos

  • Interim storage of equipment such as containers with cameras to ensure safety

Whiritoa LGS Building Sub Committee

Kent Nixon, Building Project Manager

Kent and his family have a home in Whiritoa and are members of the Whiritoa LGS.  Kent has been in the construction industry since 1989, working within architectural practices, bespoke industrial design and engineering companies, commercial project management, development management and construction design management.

Kent is passionate about construction and is committed to ensuring we are creating a visually appealing, functional, and sustainable clubhouse to serve our club members and community for the future.  Kent is a Registered New Zealand Architect (BArch) and holds a NZCD (Architectural).

Sean Dean, Building Committee Secretary

Sean has been a member of the Building Committee for the past few years supporting the sub-committee’s progress in the role of Secretary.  Outside of the Whiritoa LGS, Sean works as a Primary School Teacher in Auckland.

As Secretary, Sean is the person sitting behind our sub-committee email address responding to community questions and leading our project communications.  Sean and his family have a home at Whiritoa and are members of the Whiritoa LGS where his family enjoys spending their days participating in the Summer Junior Surf programme

Patrina Kerr, Building Committee Chair / Club Facilities Manager

Patrina stepped into the Facilities Manager role at the 2022 AGM.  Although with no background in property management or development, Patrina is passionate about the value and positive impact the Whiritoa LGS can have on our club members, first responders, and our local community.

Patrina’s family are all members of the club and have a home at the beach where they like to spend time surfing and enjoying the waves.

Vicki Skill, Building Committee Treasurer & Club Treasurer

Along with being the Whiritoa LGS Club Treasurer, Vicki is also the Treasurer for the building sub-committee. 

As a Chartered Accountant with significant experience working with community funding organisations, sports trusts and other philanthropic organisations, Vicki is leading financial responsibilities for our rebuild project.

Vicki and her family have long been members of the Whiritoa LGS Club and enjoy spending time at their house.  Vicki is a qualified lifeguard and volunteers her time on patrol along with supporting our fundraising efforts as a Bar Manager.

Ben Dallimore, Managing Director, RTA Studio

RTA Studio has been selected as our architectural partner after a thorough RFP process.

RTA Studio is an innovative and progressive architecture practice with a notable reputation for original and award-winning design on a variety of educational, commercial, community and residential projects.   RTA Studio is a Practice Member of the N  ew Zealand Institute of Architects, and Site Safe and is also an official carbon-zero company and member of the New Zealan Green Building Council.

Ben is a company director at RTA Studio and is leading the engagement with the Whiritoa LGS - and coincidentally has a family home at Whiritoa where Ben’s family are also club members.  Ben has extensive experience on various community projects and has been recognised for his projects both nationally and internationally.  He is an associate member of the NZIA and beyond the practice, is a member of the Society of Construction Law, SCL(NZ), the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Joint Contracts Committee and is a member (and former National Committee member) of Learning Environments New Zealand (LENZ). If you would like to find out more about RTA Studio, please view their portfolio of work at

Create a Lasting Legacy

Become a Corporate Sponsor for Whiritoa Lifesaving Service Clubhouse Redevelopment Project

Are you passionate about supporting your community, club, and lifeguards? Here's your chance to make a lasting impact! Join with us in creating a legacy by becoming a corporate sponsor for the Whiritoa Lifesaving Service Clubhouse Redevelopment Project.

For nearly half a century, the Whiritoa Lifesaving Service has been a vital pillar of our community. At our recent AGM, we unveiled our ambitious vision to construct a purpose-built clubhouse, ensuring continued lifeguarding services, beach education, and first responder assistance for our members and the local Whiritoa community for years to come.

However, achieving this vision requires collective effort. We are seeking corporate sponsors willing to embark on this journey alongside us. By becoming a corporate sponsor, you'll leave an enduring mark on countless lives. Families benefiting from our lifesaving services and programmes will feel the impact of your support. In return, we offer customised sponsorship packages aligning with your organisation's goals. These packages provide exposure, recognition, and valuable brand visibility within our close-knit community and membership base. Your sponsorship can come in the form of financial contributions or material donations.

Join us on this exhilarating voyage and be a part of a project that shapes our club's future and the lives we touch. We invite you to connect with Patrina Kerr, our Facilities Director, at Patrina can provide insights into the available sponsorship opportunities. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a significant difference.

We appreciate your consideration of this sponsorship opportunity. Together, let's create a clubhouse that not only stands as a hub for ongoing lifesaving endeavors but also nurtures a sense of community, safety, and well-being for everyone who steps through its doors.

Warm regards,

Patrina Kerr Facilities Director


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