Kawerau Golf & Squash Club Gets New Tractor

“It is imperative we have the good equipment for our grounds, for this to be reliable and for our volunteers to be safe. Our current tractor was at the end of its life-span and costing a lot of money and time to maintain and repair, and a good functioning tractor is essential to maintain our golf course.”
Spokesperson Aaron Rangihika

“The pandemic has posed various challenges to the club and we have had to rely on outside sources to keep the course at a high standard. To continue to attract visitors and grow its tournament base there’s been a pressing need to keep up the course maintenance and presentation to a high level. With that in mind, we greatly appreciate the funding received from NZCT for the purchase of a brand new KIOTI KL128 Course Mower.”

The Kawerau Golf & Squash Club has a long history. With the establishment of the Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill in 1952, the brainchild was born from the ranks within the management of the mill to develop a golf club. Maurie Leahy, Jim Lowe, and Jack Hewlett spearheaded this initiative (all proficient golfers who represented Kawerau at Bay of Plenty Level), which became a reality in 1958.

Accessibility to ‘big machinery’ was voluntarily donated to clear the land underneath the foothills of Putauaki, with the Tarawera River running alongside holes No 6, 14, 15 and 18. Today, this picturesque, well-groomed eighteen-hole course is on flat easy walking land with mountain and river views, while the abundant bird life adds to the attraction for all players.

The 6th, 15th and 18th holes, in particular, make the course a true test of a golfer's skills. Open all year round with no tee off times needed, visitors are always welcome to join the club haggles. The course is situated 40km east of Rotorua at the south end of the Kawerau township. The Clubroom also has a full bar and lounge facilities and caters for weddings and events. Everyone is welcome!

NZCT awarded $40,000 to the Kawerau Golf & Squash Club for a new tractor.