Surf Life Saving NZ is Aotearoa’s leading beach & coastal safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority.

We’re truly unique, delivering proactive surf lifeguarding & essential emergency rescue services, beach & coastal safety, a range of public education beach safety programmes, member education, training & development as well as a highly respected sport. We do this all as a charity.

SLSNZ is the national association that represents 74 surf lifesaving clubs with 18,000+ members, including more than 4,500 volunteer Surf Lifeguards. Our lifeguards patrol more than 80 locations in summer, as well as provide emergency call-out rescue services throughout Aotearoa - saving hundreds of lives each year and ensuring thousands return home safe after a day at the beach.

Even though our Surf Lifeguards save hundreds of people each year and there have been no fatal drownings between the flags, New Zealand’s fatal drowning rate is still too high. We are committed to changing this. Our vision is no-one drowns on our beaches. It’s what drives us.

We have a fantastic team at Surf Life Saving NZ and we take great pride in what we do. If you are keen to make a difference, you can view our current job vacancies (including volunteer roles) below:

SLSNZ Vacancies

Positions on the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Board

The SLSNZ Board delegate has convened the SLSNZ Board Appointments Panel (“BAP”) as required by Rule 18.1 of the SLSNZ Constitution. The 2022 BAP is comprised as follows:

  • Denise Bovaird – from Northern Region.
  • Paul Treanor – from Eastern Region.
  • Dave Wells – from Central Region.
  • Mike Litten– from Southern Region.
  • Mark Robberds – SLSNZ Board representative (Convenor).
  • Terry Kilmister – a nominee from Boardworks International.

The Board Members who are due to vacate office by rotation at the 2022 AGM are:

  • Paul Carlyon (Elected).
  • Kate Barry-Piceno (Elected).
  • Marie Weaver (Independent Appointed) who has completed the last 21 months of the three year term of Phil Holden who resigned in late 2020.

Due to changes to the SLSNZ Constitution made at the 2019 AGM, the opportunity exists for the BAP, with input from the Board, to re-appoint Independent Appointed Board members who are completing their first term, without requiring them to go through a contestable application process. This situation applies this year with Marie Weaver completing her first term. The BAP has followed due process, sought the Boards guidance and re-appointed Marie Weaver for a further three year term. As such, there is no need to call for applications for this role.

This means there are only two (2) positions on the SLSNZ Board up for election for three (3) year terms at the 2022 SLSNZ AGM (to be held at 4.00pm on Saturday 17th September 2022). These are:

  • Two (2) Elected Board Member positions.

Under Rule 15.5 of the SLSNZ Constitution, the above Board Members are eligible to apply for re-election in accordance with the Constitution.

Paul Carlyon has indicated he will be seeking re-election but Kate Barry-Piceno has advised she will be standing down after six years on the Board.
Any person who wishes to apply for a position on the SLSNZ Board should complete the Board Member Application Form (attached) and return it to the SLSNZ Chief Executive by no later than Monday 18 July 2022 (Rule 19.2, SLSNZ Constitution).

Applicants should be aware that if shortlisted they must be available to attend a face-to-face interview with the Board Appointments Panel on Saturday 6 August 2022 and should keep this date free.

Please refer to the SLSNZ Constitution for further details about the process of appointment and election of Board Members.

Available Documents:

Club Vacancies