New Mangawhai Fire Station officially opened
Yesterday we opened our newest fire station, at Mangawhai, in the Whangarei-Kaipara Area of Te Hiku.
Just seven months ago, the site was an empty plot of land. Now it’s a modern station with two drive-through appliance bays, operational areas with decontamination facilities, a training room, modern IT equipment and a mobile generator that can power the entire site. It also has environmentally sustainable features like double glazing, thermal and acoustic insulation and LED sensor lighting.
Check out this time-lapse video of the build on our Facebook page(external link).
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Chairman Paul Swain officially opened the new station, which replaces the old station built in the 1970s.
"It is fantastic the community now has a high-quality fit for purpose station. The location ticked several boxes, including the fact it is right next door to our partner agency St John," he said.
Mangawhai Chief Fire Officer Robert Leslie said the new location will also improve access to the main road.
“The new site allows better parking for our volunteers, and there’s less traffic congestion around it compared to the old station. That means we can respond more quickly to Mangawhai Heads or the village."
During the event, Whaea Cherie Povey shared an explanation of the station’s Manea stone. She said the stone was sourced from the Ngati Whatua region and carved with a unique design to the Ngati Whatua iwi. This stone (female energy) is connected with a Mauri stone (male energy) which is buried in the foundations of the new fire station. Personnel at the station are encouraged to touch the Manea stone and connect with their Mauri through the Mauri stone. This will help release any negative energies which are then sent to the centre of the earth. The Mauri stone, also sourced and carved according to Ngati Whatua traditions, is tapu (sacred) and offers protection of the building and all who work in it.
Also attending the opening was Mayor of Kaipara Jason Smith, Ngati Whatua Iwi and their delegates Mataua Fraser Toi and Cherie Povey, Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Executive Brendan Nally, Fire and Emergency Region Manager Ron Devlin, and brigade members and their whanau.
The station was designed by Black Box Architects and built by N. Cole Ltd.