The May Board meeting was held in Wellington on Monday
In terms of the SLSNZ financial position attached are the
regular SLSNZ Financial Reports for the first nine months of
2017/18. These show a Net Operating Surplus of $1.66
million, which is $648,000 ahead of budget. This
variance is largely due to timing issues. A full explanation
of the variances is in the attached Financial Summary
As a result of these timing issues, the YTD profit is not
indicative or the year end result. More relevant is the
latest forecast which has the full year Net Operating Surplus
running above budgeted levels at $287,000 (budget is
$120,000). This is due to some of the extra funding received
from NZLGB and BP.
As well as the financials, the Board meeting covered a number of
key topics, which I will summarise below:
The Board noted that the 2018/19 Strategic Plan had been sent to
clubs and released on the SLSNZ website. As always, any
feedback from clubs and members is welcome.
The Board discussed the recent progress with Central Government
funding. A key supporting document under pinning our case for
funding is the Water Sector Capability Review being completed by
Water Safety New Zealand and once this has been reviewed by the
appropriate officials and Ministers then the next steps in the
discussions will be determined.
A recent bequest for $79,000 has recently been received, which
was a very generous contribution to the Foundations funds.
This came from the Canterbury area and ultimately has to be used to
support SLSNZ activities in the same area. As we progress
Foundation activities the Board is keen to make sure the membership
is aware of the Foundation and its purpose - and reinforce the
Foundation is a good place for bequests to go, due to the long term
nature of its focus, while having the ability to ring fence funding
for specific purposes if that is the wishes of the donor.
With the end of the 2017/18 financial year getting very close
(30th June), plans are underway for the AGM.
A notice will be sent to clubs by the 24th May to
advise them of the date and venue, and work is underway to appoint
the Board Appointments Panel for this year. We have two Board
members up for rotation this year, and the Board discussed the
approach to succession planning for this year and the following two
years. Applications will be called in June for those two
A draft terms of reference for this project has been developed
and is being tested with the group tasked with undertaking
it. It is aimed to get this all completed by the end of July
at the latest.
New decision making/
Work on this project is currently underway and with ideas to
come out to clubs in the near future. Ahead of the new
consultation model being confirmed the Board noted that clubs had
been advised which lifesaving operational policies were due to
review this year.
The serious injury report for the 2017/18 season YTD to date was
noted, which should be getting close to final. Excluding
national sports events and SLSNZ employees, there have been 73
reports of members needing first aid in the 2017/18 season recorded
in the PAM database, which is slightly ahead of the same time last
year. Of those 73, 20 required treatment by a doctor and 10
needed a visit to hospital. The visits to doctors and
hospitals are slightly down year on year, but there may still be
more injuries to be entered into the database.
In terms of sports events, of the seven major events monitored,
there have been 191 injuries recorded, of which 22 had needed
doctors treatment and 169 were treated on site. This is an
improvement on last year which had 228 injuries in total, or which
11 went to hospital, 12 referred to a doctor and 205 were treated
While the trends against last year are positive, the Board has
asked for work to be completed looking at the longer term data to
provide a trend.
National Sports Event
The Board endorsed the National Sport Committee recommendations
for the host venues for the major national events for the four
years from the 2019/20 season to the 2022/23 season. This
excludes Oceans, which will be decided once the review of the Orewa
experience has been completed, and the National Pool Champs after
2019/20 as there are potentially new venues which meet our hosting
requirements coming on stream.
The Board endorsed a proposal from the National Honours &
Awards Committee (in conjunction with the 21 Club) that they review
the stock of national trophies and identify if there are any gaps
(such as historic gender inequality), and then take steps to fix
those gaps. And equally importantly will also look to take on
the large task of keeping track of those trophies!
The Board noted a report on the drownings that occurred over the
2017/18 season and it was good to see a significant reduction in
the number of beach drownings (down from 19 to 12). However, a few
of those deaths occurred immediately after patrols ceased in areas
where patrols had previously operated, so this does raise the
question as to whether with climate change we have to look more
closely at those season dates on a beach by beach basis and around
movable holiday periods like Waitangi Day and Easter where people
are extending long weekends into periods which are not
The minutes of the recent ILS Sports Commission meeting were
reviewed, noting that some significant changes are proposed for the
maximum team sizes - jumping from 12 athletes (6 men/ 6 women) to
24 athletes (12 men/ 12 women) to allow more specialist athletes to
be included in teams, rather than having teams made up largely of
'all rounders'. This would apply from 2020 and have a
major impact on NZ's ability to continue to dominate the teams
event. However there are good reasons why this idea is being
proposed and we need to take a balanced view to provide feedback to
BP Leaders for Life
A number of our Board members and the President attended the
final day of the BP Leaders for Life programme held in Wellington,
where the candidates got to present their project outcomes.
The Board was delighted to see the high calibre of the candidates,
and we got a real sense that the future of the movement will be in
good hands! Congratulations and thanks to all those helped
run the programme and good luck to all the applicants who have
applied for the 2018/19 intake.
And that is enough for me for this month. The next Board meeting
will be held in Wellington on 22nd June and I will
have another update after that.
Yours in surf,
Surf Life Saving New Zealand