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Award nominations

Every year national and local awards are given to members to officially recognise them for their hard work and dedication to Surf Life Saving in New Zealand. Most awards are nominated locally with winners then becoming finalists for the National Awards of Excellence. 

Regional Awards

These are selected in the following Regions:

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

There are three levels of Service award:

  • Service
  • Distinguished Service
  • Life Membership

A points system is used to determine eligibility for these awards. The detail on the points scoring system is set in out the SLSNZ website. The spreadsheet has been changed from last year to make it easier to follow so please use the latest version.

There are no limits on the number of applicants from a club.

For any queries, please contact your local Regional Manager.

Timelines for Regional Service Awards

  • 15 January 2018: Nomination forms for 2018 Honours Awards available on the SLSNZ  website for clubs to access.
  • 31 March 2018: Nominations close for Northern Central and Southern regions.  All nominations should be returned by clubs to the appropriate Regional SLSNZ office.
  • 11 May 2018: Nominations close for Eastern Region (only). Nominations should be returned to the Easttern Region office.
  • April - May 2018: Regional Honours & Awards Committees to select recipients for 2018 awards.
  • May - July 2018: Awards Functions held in conjunction with Local Awards.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand National Awards

  • Life Membership Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Service Award
  • 50 Year Badge

National annual awards

  • DHL International Performance of the Year (no nomination needed)
  • BP Rescue of the Year (monthly winners become national finalists)
  • Gudsell Trophy - given to the club with the most Surf Lifeguard Awards gained as a total (no nomination needed)
  • London Trophy - given to the club with the most Surf Lifeguard Awards gained: a ratio of awards to members (no nomination needed)

Timelines for National Service Awards

  • 15 January 2018: Nomination forms for 2018 Honours Awards available to on the SLSNZ  website for clubs to access.
  • 30 June 2018: Nominations close. All Nominations should be returned by clubs to  SLSNZ (Attention: Chief Executive).
  • July 2018: National Honours Awards Committee to finalise recommendations for 2018.
  • August 2018: Board Confirmation of Honours & Awards for 2018.
  • 22 September 2018: Honours & Awards presented at 2018 Awards of Excellence function  following the AGM.

For any queries regarding Honours & Awards, please contact the CEO on 04 560 0335 or email
awards@surflifesaving.org.nz.

How to nominate

Use the SLSNZ Honours Awards Nomination Form (excel, 1.4MB) - used for all SLSNZ Honours Awards except the 50 year badge (use the 50 year badge form (pdf, 100kb) or Word version).
View the Awards Information Booklet (updated 16 January 2018, pdf, 233kb) which has more information on the background and consideration of selection for each award.

Winners by year