Midway Surf Rescue Community Hub

Excitingly contractors started in early September 2021 to demolish the existing 56-year-old Midway Surf Life Saving Club and replace it with the Midway Surf Rescue Community Hub. Midway Surf Life Saving Club will be at the very heart.

The facility will be a vibrant community hub for public and recreational users of Midway Beach to enjoy.  It will be a building the community will be proud of – an iconic Tairāwhiti icon leading the Midway waterfront precinct into the future for generations. The building aligns with this district’s overall vision for a wider waterfront precinct and sporting hub development.


Once the new building is in place Midway Surf Life Saving Club will have a state-of-the art lifeguarding tower upstairs with 180-degree sea views. There will be a members lounge as well as new offices for coaching staff and administration.

Upstairs there will also be a restaurant with a fun family beach vibe as well as a community lounge with a 150-person capacity available for hireage.

Downstairs will be community storage facilities for like-minded water sport groups such as Gisborne Board Riders. There will be a first aid room, the remainder of the Surf Life Saving Club, and a kiosk for visitors to enjoy.  Learn more about the restaurant offering here

High Performance Academy

A high-performance academy bringing aquatic sport-based community groups and individuals together to connect, collaborate and succeed is also planned. The academy will offer leadership pathways, performance, inspiration, trainings, workshops, seminars, speakers and high-performance programs for youth who specialise in aquatic sports.

Midway Surf Rescue Community Trust

The purpose of the Midway Surf Rescue Trust is to build, manage and own the commercial operations of the Midway Surf Rescue Community Hub.  The Trust is based in Gisborne and Trustees were selected on their required competencies, knowledge and experience across all aspects of the building project.


Matthew Pickering (Chairperson)

Phil Matthews

Marice Richardson

Mike Torrie

Rob Fergus

Anna Roberts


We are hoping this iconic new building will be ready in November 2023.  If you require further information please contact admin@midwayslsc.co.nz.