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Waiau Pa Clarks Beach Emergency Services Incorporated Society

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Waiau Pa Volunteer Fire Brigade

History of the Waiau Pa Fire Force


After a tragic house fire at Clarks Beach early in 1988, local residents held several meetings voicing their concerns at the lack of immediate fire protection in the greater Waiau Pa area. It was from these initial meetings that the Waiau Pa District Rural Fire Party came into existence.


A meeting held on 26/4/88 called for Volunteer Fire Fighters which would train once a week on a Tuesday evening. Training commenced on 24/5/88 which still continues to date.


The Waiau Pa Fire Party commence it's initial training program using a borrowed trailer pump and hose, and the expertise of four permanent New Zealand Fire Service staff residing locally.


Fundraising began soon after and by the end of 1988 Waiau Pa had purchased a stand pipe, key and bar, several lengths of hose and two branch's, all ex-Otahuhu railway workshops at a cost of $1100.00.


Donations from Auckland Brigades saw our fire fighters clad in well worn but serviceable helmets and bunker coats, which were still being worn up to the middle of 1993. Our first substantial acquisition was a 1951 Coventry Climax portable pump (mounted on a Waiau Pa Fire-fighter built trailer) purchased at the end of 1988, and seeing service until late 1993. Although somewhat temperamental, this pump ensured our early fire fighters and the community had the foundations of a fire service.


1989 dawned and with it came a 1958 Karrier Gamecock Fire Appliance; Waiau Pa Fire Party had come of age. A soon to become familiar sight around Waiau Pa, the Karrier was very popular with both the fire fighters and the residents. Its simplicity and basic design coupled with its sheer reliability ensured it would be a machine never to be forgotten in the Waiau Pa fire fighting history. 

However, like all else progress must continue and in 1990 a C1800 International Fire Appliance with a rear mounted Gwynne pump was purchased from the New Zealand Fire Service. The Karrier's days weren't over, however, for it was then on sold to another fire party where it's good name would continue.


Along with the purchase of the fire appliances came the purchasing of more equipment and the problem of storage. Through the generosity of local residents, Sidney and Pat Owens, the Waiau Pa Fire Party were given an area in  their implement shed which was used as a fire station up until October 1993 when the Fire Party finally moved into their own newly built fire station, in the Waiau Pa settlement officially opened on the 26/2/94 at an approximate cost of $28000.00.


The Fire Party opened their Common Room in November 1996. This building had been transported from the BHP steel works and required renovating both inside and out. A First Aid course was held in the Common Room prior to the official opening.


With the growing population in the area, the Waiau Pa Fire Force will need to extend its capability. We have the expertise and the man power and are now looking forward to the future and preparing for it.


Waiau Pa Volunteer Fire Brigade

460 Clarks Beach Road RD 4


23 November 2009

To all Life Members, Members and Supporters.

At a special meeting on Monday 23rd November I announced to the members that as from the 19th of November the Waiau Pa Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed.

The Waiau Pa Volunteer Fire Brigade is an auxiliary brigade in the New Zealand Fire Service Counties-Manukau Fire Area.

The first fire force training was held on the 24th May  1988, after 21 years we are now New Zealand Fire Service.

The Franklin District Council will be holding a special event to mark this occasion, possibly early in the New Year

We will be in contact closer to that date.

Thank you for your support over the years.


Wayne Morrison

Senior Station Officer

Ex Chief Fire Officer.



25 September 2010

Medals presented by Kerry Gregory,  Counties Manual Fire Area Commander, and Kevin Drummond, CFO Waiuku

Life Members

Name                               Joined  

Philip Smith                     1988

Murray Gallagher            1988

Wayne Morrison             1992

Lincoln Orr                      1991

Craig Adams                   1994

Fire Works 

The burning temperature (Boiling Water 100  oC)            

 oC            Subjective colour

480           faint red glow

580           dark red

730         bright red, slightly orange

930           bright orange

1100         pale yellowish orange

1300         yellowish white

> 1400    white (yellowish if seen from a distance)


Waiau Pa 5872

1976 Chevrolet CC30963

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Santa at Waiau PA and Clarks Beach XMAS Morning 2017

TAPS Bugle Link

The young lady, Melissa Venema, age 13, is the trumpet solo. For all of the men & women that have died for us to have the freedom we have in new Zealand. The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Austria.

Here is "Taps" played in its entirety. The Original version of 'Taps' was called 'Last Post', and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named 'Taps'. Melissa Venema is playing it on trumpet whereas the original was played on a bugle.