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Rebuild plans .. An artist’s impression of the Cure Boating Club’s new building. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By SHELLEY TOPP

Cure Boating Club’s rooms have one of the best views in Kaiapoi and the club wants to share that riverside outlook with community groups.

The club, which was established in 1868 and is one of New Zealand’s oldest rowing clubs, plans to rebuild its old earthquake-damaged boat shed.

It will be demolished and replaced with a two-storey building which will be 10 metres longer and include a function room on the top floor.

The club has half the money needed for the project, but in order to secure the rest of the funding it needs to determine how many community groups would be interested in using the new function room.

“It is a perfect site for a wedding,” club president Paul Curgenven said. “But we are also keen to find out what other community groups would be interested in using it.”

The club already has a resource consent for the building and work will begin when community interest has been confirmed and funding secured.

Paul expects the new building will take six to nine months to complete.

Club members are looking forward to the completion of the building, which will be more in line with the modern architecture of its stylish neighbours.

Boats stored in the old shed will be moved along the river to an alternative shed while the new shed is being built. Community groups interested in making use of the new function room should contact Paul via the club’s Facebook page or by emailing through the Cure Boating Club’s website, curerowing.co.nz