SLSNZ President, Marilyn Moffatt, awarded New Zealand Order of Merit

Friday, 31 December 2021

Surf Life Saving New Zealand President, Mrs Marilyn Joan Moffatt, has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (Members MNZM) for services to surf lifesaving.

Mrs Marilyn Moffatt has dedicated more than 50 years to surf lifesaving.

Mrs Moffatt was a member of Wellington Ladies Surf Lifesaving Surf Club from 1971 before the Ladies Club amalgamated with Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Surf Club in 1976.

She has held almost every position with the Lyall Bay Club Committee including Patrol Captain, Coach, Instructor, Team Manager, Treasurer and Chair. With Wellington Surf Lifesaving, she was Treasurer from 1980 to 1986, a Board Member, Team Manager from 2010 to 2012, delegate to the national body from 1984 to 1987, and was on the National Championship Organising Committee.

She has won three national titles, four world championships and was a member of the first women’s surf boat crew in New Zealand. She received Life Memberships of Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Surf Club in 2010, Wellington Central Club in 2013 and Surf Lifesaving New Zealand in 2013.

She has played a key role as Chair and Chief Fundraiser in driving delivery of the new Lyall Bay clubhouse, which faced consent and design difficulties over a 15-year development before opening in August 2021.

Mrs Moffatt has been President of Surf Life Saving New Zealand since 2019 and is an active mentor for women to ensure there are no barriers hindering women’s participation in surf lifesaving.