The new Board held their first meeting last Monday. One of my
personal objectives is to build closer links with our members and
Clubs. I plan to send a report after each board meeting and invite
feedback, ideas and suggestions that I will table at the next
meeting of the Board.
Key points covered include:
- Government House has accepted our invitation to the new
Governor General to be our Patron
- Insurance cover has now been arranged for all of our 73 clubs
across New Zealand - of concern is that the premium for our cover
is up almost 50% on 2010. The board has confirmed a sub committee
to review our insurance coverage and options to reduce
significantly increasing premiums.
- NZ Lottery Grants Board has provided a grant of $2.1m which is
$100,000 less than last year but nevertheless is very
- A new single all-encompassing travel reimbursement policy will
be introduced to assist volunteers and officials when they are
supporting national activities. For budget reasons this will be
introduced from 1 July 2012.
- Leadership programme - the Prime Minister's grant of
$250,000 is being attributed to leadership development and will
fund the programme for coming 3 years.
- The minutes of the September 24th AGM and SGM were
reviewed and it was agreed that members views on both independent
directors and club constitutions would be considered by the board -
this is on the agenda for our December meeting.
- Club constitutions - Under the SLSNZ constitution clubs have
until 30 June 2012 to adopt a constitution that contains the 5
requirements to link to the SLSNZ constitution. The Board agreed to
engage an advisor to undertake a desktop evaluation to assist Clubs
in meeting this requirement.
- The exciting concept of a Surf Life Saving NZ Foundation has
been floated by our President Bob Harvey. Management have
been asked to work with Bob to develop this concept further.
- Whilst we shouldn't become complacent the financial results for
3 months to 30 September record a surplus of $241,000 which is
pleasing. This is the result of strong cost control by management
and a clear focus on ensuring that grants and funding streams are
secure. I have visited our major funders all of whom have confirmed
their support for SLSNZ and also that they wish to deal with one
organisation rather than receive a number of applications for
- Although we have sold a good number we still have over 300,000
toy boats for sale!
- The Centennial Container and IRB simulator which has been on
loan to RWC is due back to us next week. The container is being
loaned to Sumner SLC as temporary club rooms whilst they resolve
their future facilities to replace the club rooms that were badly
damaged in the Christchurch earthquake. Interesting we have
received enquiries from European Surf Life Saving organisations
about our IRB simulator! And we see this as an opportunity to sell
the concept or contract to supply simulators?
- Management are in the process of reviewing all SLSNZ
operational policies - many of which were written well in advance
of groundswell. In addition an area of focus for the Board is risk
management and a very good risk framework has been developed by our
team which the Board will review in depth at our November
- From this weekend until mid-November Regional Club Chair
meetings will be held in Hamilton, Christchurch and Palmerston
North with Auckland being held later in the year. Along with our
Interim CEO and a board member I will be attending each of these
meetings to update club chairs on progress within the national
- CEO recruitment - the Board have asked our Interim CEO Pat
Waite to commence the process for recruiting a chief executive. All
going to plan we envisage that the new Chief Executive will be in
place towards the end of March. We are currently in the process of
engaging a recruitment company to assist and anticipate commencing
an open, transparent international search for the best applicant
shortly. We will keep you updated on progress as we progress.
- The work programme for the Board is being developed and it will
involve individual board members working with management on key
areas such as member engagement, finance, funding, insurance to
name a few.
- Regional Awards - Central Region Chairs have raised with the
Board the concept of regional wards - much like those that used to
operate in the District model. I was impressed with the Northern
region's awards presented last week in Northern and will be seeking
input to this as we talk with club chairs at their meetings over
the next few weeks.
The next board meetings are planned for 11/12 November in
Wellington and 4 December in Auckland.
It is my intention that this report be filed on our website as
a record of the board meeting for members to review. This will be
our practice from now on.
We are available and very open to ideas, suggestions or as best
we can answer questions you might have.
Yours in surf,