Prime Minister’s position firmly ‘Between the Flags’

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Today Prime Minister John Key waved the iconic red and yellow flags in support of Surf Life Saving's National Appeal and Jandal Day which kicks off this Sunday 2nd December with Jandal Day taking place Friday the 7th.

The Prime Minister is an ardent supporter of Surf Life Saving New Zealand and hopes New Zealanders will show their appreciation for Surf Life Saving's lifeguards and make a donation during their National Appeal week.

Jandals, summer holidays, the beach and Surf Lifeguards are a recipe for the classic Kiwi summer. Surf Life Saving New Zealand is the charity working to keep people safe at the beach this summer and Jandal day is a celebration of that.

Lifeguards and their supporters will be out in force around the country this week raising money to help save lives on over 80 of New Zealand's favourite beaches this summer. Donations go to Surf Life Saving clubs throughout the country allowing them to train more Lifeguards, increase patrols and buy essential equipment to help save lives and prevent injuries.

If you don't see a collector in your area, donations can be made by texting SURF to 4483 to automatically donate $3 or visit to make an online donation.

Surf Life Saving volunteer Lifeguards commenced patrolling beaches after Labour weekend in Northern and Central parts of the country and in other parts of the country, patrols will begin as the warmer weather arrives. This summer volunteers will spend over 200,000 hours keeping a watchful eye on over 80 beaches throughout the country. During an average summer, approximately 1000 people are rescued from life threatening situations.

While swimming between the flags is a core and well known message, Surf Life Saving New Zealand also want Kiwis to remember to always keep an eye on others- particularly children in or near water. Be prepared; check the weather conditions before entering the water and watch out for rips. For more information on how to spot and survive a rip go to