New Powercraft Advisory Group - applications to join now open

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

SLSNZ has responded to the need ensuring we have expert volunteer advice on all aspects of powercraft policy, safety, development and use by establishing a new Powercraft Advisory Group (PAG).

The group, reporting directly to both the National Lifesaving Committee and the National Sport Committee will provide oversight and guidance on the use of IRBs, RWCs, ATVs, 4WD vehicles and any other powered rescue & surveillance equipment. Meeting face to face at least once a year, thereafter by teleconference, the group of seven appointed experts from the SLSNZ membership will be supported by key SLSNZ staff.

The first face to face meeting has already been scheduled for Saturday 27th October at Auckland Airport. Whilst availability to attend this meeting is not a pre-requisite to being appointed to the PAG, it was considered important to set a date now because there is an interesting and important work plan for the group that needs input from members sooner rather than later.

For a copy of the final draft terms of reference, that have been updated after consultation, and an application form, please email

Applications close on Friday 28th September. Successful applicants will be notified no later than Friday 5th October, so all necessary travel arrangements for the first meeting can be made.

Download the expression of interest form here (word), or as a PDF here.


Q. Why is there no Regional representation?
A. Following consultation, the consensus was that because of the diverse scope of the PAG, it was important ensure those appointed had the necessary skills and experience, rather than just representing a specific Region.

Q. Who selects the members of the group?
A. A PAG selection committee comprising Dave Hickey (NPO), Allan Mundy (NLM), Mike Lord (NSM), Paul Treanor (Chair NSC) and Adam Fraser (Chair NLC).

Q. Who sets the work plan?
A. The PAG selection committee, with input from Belinda Slement (NEM) will create a draft work plan for the PAG for the first 12 months ensuring the topics feed into the NSC, NLC and Education work streams. The draft work plan will be pre-circulated to the new PAG members for comment and input before the first meeting where it will be ‘signed off’.

Q. Which SLSNZ Staff members will attend meetings
A. It is envisaged that Dave Hickey in his newly titled role of National Powercraft Officer, will attend all meetings. If there is a requirement or request for specific staff involvement from tether of the Lifesaving, Sport or Education streams one or more of those Managers will attend. At the first meeting SLSNZ staff members Adam Wooler (COO), Dave Hickey (NPO), Allan Mundy (NLM) and Mike Lord (NSM) will all attend to support the establishment of the group and to support the delivery of the work plan.

Q. Who will be the Chair of the PAG?
A. The PAG elect their own Chair at the first meeting.


For more information, please email