Sea Scouts New Zealand are part of Scouting New Zealand. There are around 900 Sea Scouts in New Zealand in 60 troops around the country.

The New Zealand Sea Scouts use a 17-foot cutter as their principal boat – the concept of having a specific boat for Sea Scouts in New Zealand originated in 1944. The first two boats of this class were ready for the 1st National Dominion Regatta in 1945. The original boats were clinker built and used Kauri as the main timber. The rig was a gunter designed so that all the spars could be stowed inside the boat for towing. These wooden cutters are still in use today including the first built. They continued to be built in the original manner until the early 1970s; around 140 were built over this period. In the late 1960s and early 1970, fibreglass versions of the cutters began to be produced, the hull being identical in shape and size but the gunter rig was replaced with a Bermudan design using aluminium mast and boom. These boats are still in production and around 90 have been built.[1]

National regattas

National Sea Scout regattas take place every three years. The activities and competitions typically run for 9–10 days.[2] The Premier Award is the Jellicoe Trident which was present in 1924 by the Admiral of the Fleet, Viscount Jellicoe .[3][4] He was the second Governor General of New Zealand.

A view of a NZ Sea Scout Regatta

1st Waiheke Sea Scouts

The 1st Waiheke Group Scout Den is based on the shores of Putiki Bay, Ostend, Waiheke Island. This group was once one of the largest groups in the Auckland Region over the period 1960–1976. When scouting almost died at the turn of the century the run-down, partially derelict scout hall in its idyllic waterfront location was to be found with smashed windows and litter, missing gear and old scout cutters. Since 2005, Skipper and scout master Graham Crooks, and Long-Term scouting NZ member and Upper North island regional manager Ian Nicolson, have been working on renovating the hall and scout cutters. Consequent success followed and today the group is an ever-expanding enthusiastic representation of the Waiheke community in National Scouting.

Kotuku Sea Scout Group

The Kotuku Sea Scout Group is based in Levin, New Zealand, in the Horowhenua. The Group consists of a Cub pack, Sea Scout Troop and the Levin Venturers, a combined Venturer Unit with other Groups in Levin. The hall is located on Playford Park, Parker Ave. Training waters are those of Lake Horowhenua, a short drive across town but the troop also visits the estuary at Foxton Beach, Forest Lakes, and competes in the regattas of the Lower North Island Sea Scouts.[15]

Britannia Sea Scouts

The Britannia Sea Scouts is based in Wellington, New Zealand. They have a Cub, Scout and Venturer troop. They sail and row in Evans Bay, Wellington. This troop was created in 1927 and is the only Sea Scout troop in New Zealand to have a pennant on their scarf.[16]

Saint James Sea Scouts

The Saint James Sea Scouts are based at the Hoikoikoi Reserve at the Hutt River mouth, Petone, Lower Hutt. New Zealand. The group began in 1935 and became Sea Scouts in 1955. The first boat shed was built from old car cases on the former Petone tip. (The Group's nickname of River Rats in part stems from the many rats on the site, but chiefly it comes from a comment of the National Water Advisor (1973) Sandy Bell when presenting the Jellicoe Trident to the Group "The sewer rats have cleaned out all the family silver". )[12] This area has since been converted into a reserve by the Hutt City Council and in 1991 the administration building of Te Omanga Hospice (known as Viard House in the past) was purchased and moved onto a site, just behind the old boat shed, which was demolished. The new Building provided a hall, storage and other rooms upstairs, and a boat deck downstairs. The group has a Kea Club, a Cub Pack, a Scout Troop and a Venturer Unit. The photo shows Scouts returning after a Sunday afternoon sail.

Hawke Scout hall

Hawke Scout hall

The Hawke Scout hall is a building located on the edge of Coxs Bay, which is between the suburbs of Herne Bay and Westmere in Auckland, New Zealand. It is primarily used by Sea Scouts.

In January 1928, a boat shed was erected at the foot of Jervois Road on a reserve vested by special legislation and became the headquarters of Hawke Sea Scouts.[17][18] As the group grew in size a hall was built over the top of the old boat shed in 1943.[19] In 1951 "The Ship", as the building is locally referenced, was further extended.[20] On 21 July 1952 a fire swept through the building with almost total loss of building and gear. In addition to locally significant trophies destroyed, an item of national historical significance was lost in the fire; this was the White Ensign flown by the NZ cruiser HMNZS Achilles during the Battle of the River Plate and also flown at the Surrender of Japan at the end of World War II.[21]

Oregon Pine donated by USMC to rebuild "The Ship"

Rebuilding of the hall commenced immediately and the new and current building was opened on Saturday 17 October 1953 by Sir John Allum. Some of the major structural timbers and the floorboards of the upper level are Oregon Pine. These were donated by the USMC – US Fleet Marine Force, Pacific who were based in Auckland during World War II[22] and were de-constructing their pre-fabricated buildings at the Western Springs camp at this time. One of the factors which allowed the rebuild to occur so quickly was a committee of local women, who had entitled themselves "The Hawke Sea Scouts Ladies Auxiliary", who provided an organisational and financial backbone. This was a unique involvement in scouting at the time, which was primarily a male organisation and the youth were all boys.

The building and the group feature in a local history[23] and also extensively in a semi-autobiographical novel.[24] Because of its relative uniqueness on the Auckland coast as a traditional vernacular weatherboard building which is not a private boat-shed it is much sought after as a venue, particularly for theatrical performance.[25]

External links


  1. ^ New Zealand Sea Scout Handbook. Scout Association of New Zealand. 1963. 
  2. ^ Scouts New Zealand – Regattas Retrieved 2010-06-11
  3. ^ a b "Sea Scout Trident". Northern Advocate. 1924-08-04. p. 5. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  4. ^ "27th National Sea Scout Regatta". www.scout.org. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Iron Duke Jubilee: A Weekend to Remember – Nelson Photo News – No 133 : November 13, 1971". photonews.org.nz. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Scouting in Petone". Petone's First 100 Years. mebooks.co.nz. Messrs. L. T. Watkins. 1940. p. 252. Retrieved 2016-03-29 – via Hutt City Libraries Online Heritage Collection. 
  7. ^ a b "Sport in Other Forms NZETC". nzetc.victoria.ac.nz. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  8. ^ "winner of the Jellicoe trident – Google Search". www.google.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  9. ^ "1957-Dominion Sea Scout Regatta". National Scout Museum. NZMuseums. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Successful Representatives – Gisborne Photo News – No 103 : January 24, 1963". photonews.org.nz. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  11. ^ "1965 National Sea Scout Regatta aerial view". Vic McLennan Photography of Eastbourne. NZMuseums / National Scout Museum. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Unpublished notes "A Short History of Saint James Sea Scouts" compiled by Tui Ellington
  13. ^ Ltd, Civica Pty. "St. James Sea Scouts". library.huttcity.govt.nz. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  14. ^ "wwp2012: New Lynn Sea Scouts: Success The World Wide Panorama". www.worldwidepanorama.org. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  15. ^ Kotuku Sea Scout Group
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Letter (dated 26/10/1928) to Town Clerk from Group Leader, Mr. A.J. Veart
  18. ^ City Council letter (Dated 24/3/1947)
  19. ^ Minutes of Auckland City Council (Dated 5/2/1943)
  20. ^ Auckland City Council – City Engineer Report (Dated 5/7/1951)
  21. ^ Auckland Star 21/7/1952
  22. ^ http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/V/USMC-V-F.html
  23. ^ One hundred years in Herne Bay. Marjory FE Adams 2001 ISBN 0-473-07639-X
  24. ^ To work to wed to weep to wander. Mabel Pollock 2007 ISBN 978-0-473-11700-9
  25. ^ The Tempest at Hawke Sea Scout Hall New Zealand Herald Thursday Jan 31, 2008