Groups: Hawke Sea Scouts

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Hawke Sea Scouts
Hawke Sea Scouts
Headquarters Coxs Bay, Auckland
Country New Zealand
Founded 1928
Founder Mr A.J. Veart
Membership 110

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Hawke Sea Scouts are part of Scouting New Zealand. Located on the edge of the Waitemata Harbour in Coxs Bay, (Auckland, New Zealand), the Group has a long history of being an important part of the local community. All levels of scouting are supported from age 6 through to young adult and it caters for both boys and girls. Its focus is on developing leadership and confidence within the Sea Scouting framework, using the sea as the place to learn and enjoy maritime skills.

The name Hawke came from the English Hawke family; Lord Edward Hawke was Lord of the Admiralty and the family crest was a hawk with a fleur-de-lys on its chest. This combination of history and symbols was particularly appropriate to a maritime scouting group. Lord Hawke's connection with New Zealand is that he chose Captain Cook to lead the exploratory voyages in the pacific. One of his descendants also lead an early cricket tour by Lord Hawke's XI who "played across the dominion". Lord Hawke consented to the use of the crest and family motto and also became patron.


In January 1928, the boat shed at the foot of Jervois Road became the headquarters of Hakwe Sea Scouts founded by Mr. A.J. Veart. He was to continue in the role of "skipper" for the next 20 years. As the group became more established a hall was built over the top of the old boat shed. In November of 1948 the first 3 scout cutters launched, built by Seacraft[1]. Hugh J. Eaton JP became skipper in December 1949; over the next two years the current scarf design was adopted and “The Ship” was extended as the group grew. In 1950 the ship (as the sea scouts call their scout den) was extended further forward. Sadly on the 21st of July 1952 a disastrous fire swept the ship with almost total loss of building and gear.Rebuilding commenced immediately, the troop continued to meet every week without fail. The new and current scout den was opened on Saturday 17th October 1953 by Sir John Allum, who was the incumbent Mayor of Auckland. Hugh eventually became a Sea Scout Commissioner within Scouting New Zealand.

Ladies Auxiliary


On February 8th 1950 Mrs. Robinson formed a Committee of local women known as Hawke Sea Scouts Ladies Auxiliary. This was rather a unique structure for a Scout group - New Zealand scouting in the 1950s was only for boys and female involvement was often limited to the role of Cub Pack leader - Akela. They were the "financial backbone" for Hawke Sea Scouts, they fundraised for Hawke giving them many opportunities to become the troop they are today.

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