Article on Piha Surf Lifesaving Club Popup Bar (Extracted from Western Leader)
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By ANTONIA ANDERSON
Club view: Sunset at Piha beach, overlooking the temporary deck below.
Beach-goers and art lovers will have the chance to experience Piha from a new view.
Until March Piha Surf Life Saving Club will play host to a coastal photography display, a temporary deck and pop-up bar as part of a fundraising venture.
Piha Surf Life Saving Club president Peter Brown says money raised will allow much needed expansions, such as upgrading equipment and making after-hour facilities more accessible.
‘‘Our surf club is well-known for helping save the lives of those who get into difficulty at Piha,’’ Brown says.
Ten images now being featured in the NZ Perspectives exhibition will be auctioned off on Trade Me from February 20 to March 1 to contribute to the cause.
Installed by Corona, every bottle of the beverage sold at the pop-up bar will go directly to the club.
The patrol tower needs to be moved forward as the high tide mark can no longer be seen from the club. The viewing point needs shifting so lifeguards can have a full view of the shore.
‘‘We really need to have a better perception of the beach,’’ Brown says.
He says there has been increase in the use of the club’s after-hour facilities and having a shed moved to the front of the site means lifeguards will have faster access to the beach.
Piha beach-goer Sam Kelway says the temporary set-up and exhibition auction is a ‘‘great way for people to get in behind a good cause’’.
‘‘The art exhibition is brilliant.
It’s such a great way to showcase some of the country’s top photographers at one of our most iconic beaches,’’ he says.
‘‘There’s so many talented artists out there who miss out on displaying their work through limited exhibitions. It’s a great way for the surf club to raise money,’’ Kelway says.
The pop-up bar is open from 4.30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March 1.