Origins of the Waikanae Boating Club

Original Club House
1982

It was in the late 1950s that brothers Dave and Paul Murton completed their Carl Augustin designed power boat “Hazlewood” She was sixteen feet long and very heavy being powered by a six cylinder flat head Dodge engine directly coupled to the prop with no clutch.

Hazlewood gave access to Kapiti and Dave and Paul spent many summer holidays camping on the North end with the blessing of Mike and Jean Webber who lived there. The Webbers were very hospitable but Jean had very strict rules about how to behave especially regarding the use of profane language. Mike and Jean’s boat the Manaaki was on the slip in those days and there was an old Maori canoe in the lagoon part of which is still there today.

After about a year struggling to get Hazlewood onto the beach and launched, Dave and Paul decided that it needed a concrete ramp to get through the gap in the sand hills as their 1934 Plymouth tow vehicle kept getting stuck. The only way to build the ramp was from a club so they set about doing so.

It was 1960 and Paul was flatting in Wellington with an arty friend Dick Downs who made a boating type poster to put in the Waikanae shop windows advertising a meeting to form a boating club . The old Waimea Domain hall on Tutere street was hired for the first meeting. Dave and Paul ere in their teens and had never had any experience of running a meeting so asked their neighbour George Hodgson if he would take on the job of chairing the meeting. George was a local businessman and keen boatie who was in the final stages of rebuilding a plywood power boat.

The first meeting had a good turnout and a committee was elected with George becoming the first Commodore, Ken Nash secretary and Paul became treasurer . Also on the committee were Dave Myrton, Ted King and Ozzie Oliver.

Meetings were held in private homes at first. Many of the members were living at the beach and had tractors which meant that the ramp was no longer a priority and a club house became the main focus. The club flourished but after a year Paul left it having married and moved to Wellington.

Dave stayed on as a member of the Waikanae Boating Club for many years.

Waikanae is a town on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. The name is a Māori word meaning “waters” “of the yellow-eyed mullet”. The town lies about 60 kilometres north of Wellington: New Zealand’s capital city; between Paraparaumu, eight kilometres to the southwest, and Otaki, 15 kilometres to the northeast. The population of Waikanae in 2018 was 12’100, The Waikanae Boating Club current membership is approximately 700.

Current Elected Members

CommodoreBob Tait 021 491 639
Vice CommodorePeter Dale 027 543 9661
Rear CommodoreSteve Watson 027 676 8527
TreasurerKay Butler 027 4807 665
Past CommodoreDick Stent 027 442 5804
CommitteeJeanette Mason 021 446 551
John Clarke 027 446 1854
Brian Frampton 027-442-0198
Graham Oliver 027 454 1082
Leon Downes 021 246 0955
Simon Warren 029 707 4221
TractorPeter Dale 027 543 9661
Weigh-mastersPaul Templer 027 543 6666
Grant Waterhouse 021 598 811
Gavin Condon 027 292 0260
Club ManagerHannah Spicer 022 404 866
Club ChefAlan Collings 027 844 9207
Oct 1982 WBC 21st, Ossie &Mavis cut the cake

Life Members of the Waikanae Boating Club

1961 G Hodgson*                 1963 N v Bardsley                   1964 T Gundersen*

1965 E.King*                         1966 O H Olliver*                    1970 E.King*

1972 M.King*                        1973 O.H. Olliver*                    1975 C.Mark*

 1983 K.S. Nash*                    1984 E.P. Wootton*                 1986 E.R. Weggery*

1989 J.H Byers D.F.C*           1989 W.A Radley*                   1990 M Williams*

1992 W.R. Lawrence*         1994 G. Hodgson*                   1994 G.R. Clarke

1994 A.D. Williams*           1995 P Hipperson*                   1996 J.M. Ellison*

1998 F.Leyten*                        2003 G. Wright*             2003 D. Milligan

2003 H. Milestone*                      2004 F. Tilly*         2010 P. Webley

2011 D. Proctor                           2018 D. Stent           2018 E. Spicer

   2018 D. Stent                        2018 E. Spicer

*Denotes Deceased