As Geoff Hamilton advised in his last update, while remaining on
the Board, he is taking a break from the special demands of being
the Chairman. As the Deputy Chair for the last few years, I
have accepted the challenge of taking on the Chairmanship and will
endeavour to keep up the momentum of the organisation. At
this stage there won't be a replacement Deputy Chair selected - all
the Board members will assist if required to cover any extra
So, I have now inherited the job of doing these reports!!!
Here goes my first one……………
In addition to the decisions above, the Board meeting was very
productive and covered a number of key topics, including:
- Developing closer working relationship with the 21
Club. Having become an Associate Member of SLSNZ in recent
years, 21 Club Secretary Sheryl McLay updated the Board on the
future direction the 21 Club sees itself taking and the areas where
it can be of assistance to SLSNZ, such as in recording and
protecting the history of surf life saving, promoting participation
in surf sport and surf lifesaving and special projects in such
areas as member recognition.
- Re-establishing a Board to Board subgroup with the SLS Northern
Region Board to have a regular forum to discuss topics of common
interest and alignment. The first meeting for this is aimed
at the end of November.
- Noting good progress with the SLSNZ Foundation, including the
preparation of promotional materials and the receipt of the first
- Noting positive progress on replacing State Insurance as an
SLSNZ sponsor, which is looking like bearing fruit in the near
- Following up the discussions held last month on the management
of sport with the Chair of the National Sport Committee, and the
role the Board will play in the oversight of progress on the Sport
Strategy and the annual Sport Plan.
- Approving the draft minutes of the 2016 AGM which can now go to
the next AGM for ratification.
- Digesting the report that has gone to clubs on the outcomes of
the Club Chairs Workshop held prior to the AGM. The Board
thanks all the Club Chairs and delegates who attended, and in
particular for their input on the priorities the clubs saw that
SLSNZ should take into its 2017/18 planning process.
- Confirmation of the dates for that planning process, which will
see the Board sign off the 2017/18 budget and Strategic Plan in
February next year.
- Discussion on the need to investigate how as a movement we can
get more females putting themselves forward for regional and
- Health and Safety - looking at the first report for the season
on serious incidents involving members. These were heavily
weighted towards IRB incidents at training weekends, which is
something that needs a look at to ensure there are fewer next
And as always there was a review of the SLSNZ financial
position. Attached are the regular SLSNZ Financial Reports
for the first three months of 2016/17. These show a Net
Operating Surplus of $0.414 million, which is $147,000 behind
budget. This variance is all due to timing variations, an
explanation of these is in the attached Financial Summary
Dashboard. More relevant is the latest forecast the full year
Net Operating Surplus which is still running at budgeted levels at
The next Board meeting will be held in Wellington on Friday
16th December. If anyone has any questions on this
please contact me or our CEO Paul Dalton.
Yours in surf,
Surf Life Saving New Zealand