Board Report: December 2018

Hi Everyone,

The December Board meeting was held in Wellington on Friday 14th December.  

In terms of the SLSNZ financial position attached are the regular SLSNZ Financial Reports for the first five months of 2018/19.  These show a Net Operating Surplus of $3.899 million, which is $659,000 ahead of budget.  This variance is largely due to the additional funding received from NZLGB which hasn’t been spent yet.  A full explanation of the variances is in the attached Financial Summary Dashboard. 

As always, the profit at this time of year is not indicative or the year end result as we have yet to enter our big spending summer months.  More relevant is the latest forecast which has the full year Net Operating Surplus ahead of budgeted levels at $588,000 (budget is $133,000).  The increase over budget is being driven by extra grant income that has to be spent on capital items – where the revenue shows in the P&L but the expenses don’t.  The actual cash that SLSNZ will retain from that extra profit will only be around $100,000.

As well as the financials, the Board meeting covered a number of key topics, which I will summarise below:


As is usual at this time of year, the Board discussed options for the theme and structure of the annual Board Planning Workshop scheduled for 15th February to work on the 2019/20 Strategic Plan.  This is always an interesting session for the Board with the opportunity to really take a long term and high level view of the organisation and the needs of the surf life saving movement. 

The Board also noted a report from management covering progress from the first six months of the 2018/19 Strategic Plan.

SLSNZ Foundation

The Board decided that a very generous $50,000 bequest recently received from the estate of Mark Milne would be added to the Foundation funds.

Government Funding

The Board was updated on progress being made by on this project, led by a working group of sector and Government agencies.  A lot of work is taking place over the coming six months and the Board remains hopeful of a positive outcome.

Northern Region Board to Board meeting

The Board was also updated on a very positive meeting that was held on 30th November with the Northern Region Board, with ongoing quarterly meetings now scheduled for 2019.  The primary focus for this meeting was to draft a memorandum of understanding to establish a solid platform for the ongoing relationship.  This will be signed off at the first meeting in 2019.

Board Youth Intern

The recommendations of the selection panel were discussed by the Board and we were delighted to endorse their recommendation of Vivien Conway as the inaugural Youth Intern.  The Board was equally delighted with the calibre of all the candidates and noted how difficult a job it had been to only choose one person! Vivien will join us for her first meeting in February and take part in Board activities over the following 18 months.  On behalf of the Board I congratulate her on her appointment and look forward to her contributions.

Health & Safety.

The serious injury report for the 2018/19 season YTD to date was noted.  Excluding national sports events and SLSNZ employees, there have been 12 reports of members needing first aid in the 2018/19 season recorded in the PAM database, which is slightly below the same time last year.  Of those 12, eight required further treatment by a doctor and one needed admitting to hospital.  At this early stage it’s a bit too early to pick any trends, but it is interesting to note that six of the nine serious injuries (67%) involved IRB’s.  The Board also noted that research was underway to qualify IRB injuries and that work was being undertaken determine if there was a pattern of under-reporting of incidents across the movement, i.e. people being injured but not bothering to fill out the forms to record it in the database.

National Honours & Awards Committee Appointments

The Board endorsed the re-appointment of Neale Ames (Central Region) and Murray Wilson (Southern Region) for two year terms starting 1 January 2019 and thanked them for their ongoing contribution in this important area.

2019 AGM Timetable

The timetable for the 2019 was noted – the meeting will be held in Wellington on Saturday 21st September with formal notice of this going out to clubs in May.

And that is enough for me for this month.  I hope you and your families had a great festive break - until my next update please stay safe and enjoy this great summer weather!

Yours in surf,

Brent Warner
Surf Life Saving New Zealand