NPOB clubhouse on track to open in November

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A number of surf clubs around New Zealand are in the process of getting upgrades. In our club rebuild series, we find out how the building project is going at New Plymouth Old Boys... 

A group of keen members originally spear headed the idea of a renovation project for New Plymouth Old Boys. Concept plans were drawn up and in 2012, the decision was made to go ahead.

The club has been active in the Taranaki community since 1921 and was originally based in New Plymouth until 1948. The current building was constructed in 1966.

It was at the stage where it needed a lot of attention and, with the 'do it once and do it properly' philosophy adopted, the project ended up nearing a compete re-build. 

The upgrades include the construction of a 'Rescue Centre' at the basement level which will be accessible to the greater Oakura community and will provide a base for Civil Defence in the event of any emergency.

The changing rooms and ablution facilities at basement level have been refitted along with the upper mezzanine floor for use as training and meeting rooms. 

The patrol tower has new windows and the spiral staircase has been remodelled. The new kitchen will be commercial grade and all the plumbing and water heating given an upgrade. 

Outside, a new main entry will include accessible ramp access and a new deck on the seaward side will better facilitate all club activities, both lifesaving and social. 

The work began in June and is on track to be completed by mid-November, in time for the new lifesaving season.

For more information about the rebuild, visit or contact Nicky Spicer on 0274718101 or by email

Is your club currently undergoing a rebuild or redevelopment? Please get in touch with some more information.


For more information, please contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823