The recent opening of the new Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club was celebrated over the weekend, with elected members, the local community, Te Kawerau a Maki, Auckland Council staff and rangers, and Mayor Phil Goff gathering to commemorate the occasion. “Karekare is a beautiful but wild and dangerous beach,” Goff said. “The 4000 hours and more of patrolling by surf lifesavers is critical. In recent years, the club has carried out 148 rescues, saving lives. I’m really pleased that Auckland Council was able to act as the cornerstone fundraiser for the new Karekare Surf Club building.”