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SIR Update: Spring is here!

The new rowing season is just around the corner and the SIR team are gearing up for another big summer at Lake Ruataniwha.

Sponsors shout-out

Meridian Energy continue to be a key supporter in the development of the facilities at Lake Ruataniwha. Be sure to check out the Solar installations located on the rooftops of a number of buildings – these now power our entire complex. Meridian covered half of the cost through their Decarbonisation Community Fund. Amenity and shade planting schemes are also kicking off this spring thanks to the support of Meridian Energy and will be the beginning of an ongoing commitment by SIR to build on environmental goals for the land. We’ll be putting the call out for some help getting the first batch of plants in the ground in November – keep an ear out for more info on a community planting day.

We have received also funds from sponsors as follows: Trust Aoraki – Gazebos, TAB – Work Barge Motors, Lion Foundation – PA System Upgrade, NZCT – Complex Custodian Salary. A huge thanks to Karen Morgan for her work on these funding applications!

Volunteer roles available

Running a smooth and successful regatta relies on the valuable contribution of many, many volunteers. We are always looking for more helping hands and have put together a Job Description list to provide a little more information on how and where you can help. If you or someone you know are available to help in any capacity this season then check out the role descriptions and fill out this Expression of Interest form. Responses are due by Sunday 15th October – check out this year’s regatta calendar and come down and get amongst it!

Update from Operations sub-committee chair John O’Connor:

There’s been a lot going on around the complex this winter, including some big changes in the boatpark. Exciting to get some new racks in the ground so that we can better utilise the space available for boats.

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