Surf Life Saving New Zealand Announces New Board Youth Intern

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Press Release

Dec 2, 2020

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Toni Cranko as Board Youth Intern. Cranko is the second person to hold this unique position within the national charity’s Board, following outgoing Board Youth Intern Vivian Conway.

The primary purpose of the Board Youth Intern is to participate in, observe and learn from what goes on around the Board table at a national level. The programme is aimed at allowing the Youth Intern to build their knowledge and experience of governance in a supportive environment by observing and being part of the governance practices of the SLSNZ Board.

This is not a passive role sitting on the side-lines and the Youth Intern is expected to fully and actively contribute to the Board achieving its key responsibilities. 

Cranko brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Surf Lifeguarding space. She is a member at Sumner SLSC and has served as a volunteer Surf Lifeguard for the past 10 years. Cranko is an SLSNZ National Leadership Course Facilitator as part of bp Leaders for Life, was awarded Canterbury Regional Lifeguard of the Year in 2013, and represented SLSNZ at the Australian National Leadership College in 2020.

SLSNZ Chief Executive, Paul Dalton, says the organisation is excited to welcome Cranko into the role of Board Youth Intern.

“The Board is very much looking forward to working with Toni. Our membership of more than 4,000 volunteer Surf Lifeguards includes many teens and young adults and it’s vital for us to ensure their voice is represented at the highest level,” he says.

Cranko will step into the Board Youth Intern role from early 2021.



SLSNZ is the national association representing 74 surf lifesaving clubs with 18,000+ members, including more than 4,000 volunteer Surf Lifeguards. Our lifeguards patrol over 90 locations each summer and 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.

We do all this as a charity and rely on the generosity of the public, commercial partners, foundations and trusts for donations and financial contributions in order to lead and support our incredible front-line volunteer lifeguarding services.

For more information, please contact:

Mackenzie Koppel

Surf Life Saving NZ Media & Communications Manager

021 757 433