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SLSNZ Awards

Surf Life Saving New Zealand's Awards programme aims to recognise the contribution of our members to Surf Life Saving. 

Click here to find out more information about the SLSNZ Award nominations process.

The awards that are given out to Surf Life Saving New Zealand members are:

New Zealand Awards

  • NZLGB Lifeguard of the Year 
  • Instructor of the Year 
  • DHL Volunteer of the Year 
  • BP Rescue of the Year 
  • DHL Coach of the Year 
  • DHL International Sports Performance of the Year 
  • DHL Surf Official of the Year 
  • Innovation of the Year 

Separate (but linked) to these are the SLSNZ Local Awards. 

Local Awards

  • Lifeguard of the Year 
  • Instructor of the Year 
  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Rescue of the Year 
  • Coach of the Year 
  • Sportsperson 
  • Sports Team of the Year 
  • Surf Official of the Year 
  • Innovation of the Year 
  • Club of the Year 

In addition, some Local areas have other historic awards unique to their area.

These are selected in the following 'Local' areas:

  • Northern (Region)
  • Coromandel/Bay of PlentyGisborne/Tairawhiti  - Click for more information relating to award nomination process and details for each awards evening.
  • Hawkes Bay 
  • Taranaki 
  • Capital Coast 
  • Canterbury
  • Otago/Southland 

Regional Awards

  • Service Award
  • Distinguished Service 
  • Life Membership 

These are selected in the following Regions:

  • Northern Region 
  • Eastern Region 
  • Central Region 
  • Southern Region 

If you have any questions or queries about these programmes, please contact your local Regional Manager for advice/guidance.