Board Report: September 2016

Hi Everyone,

As usual the Board did not hold a regular meeting in September due to the SLSNZ AGM taking place.  Thanks to another impeccable performance from our President Neale Ames in chairing the AGM, it ran very successfully, and thanks also to Napier McFedries as Returning Officer and Brian Velvin and Denis Cooksley as his very able Scrutineers.

The draft minutes are attached for your information.  These will be checked by the Board in October and then validated at the next AGM in 2017.  If anyone has any questions or picks up any typo's in these please contact Paul Dalton on  

The key decisions made were to retain the Board Honoraria at 2015/16 levels, retain the current SLSNZ auditors (Moore Stephens) for the 2016/17 financial year and to elect the two recommended Elected Candidates Colin Weatherall (for another term) and Kate Barry-Piceno from Omanu SLSC.  Kate is a clubbie and lawyer by trade and brings a valuable skill set to the Board table and I'm sure you will join me in welcoming her aboard.  Prior to the AGM the Board Appointments Panel had also re-appointed Trevor Taylor for another term as an Independent Appointed Board Member and Vanessa Winning as an Appointed Board member.  Vanessa brings previous charity management experience and a strong marketing background to the Board table which will be very useful also. Welcome too to Vanessa.

The full Board is therefore myself (Geoff Hamilton), Brent Warner, Colin Weatherall, Joe Pope, Trevor Taylor, Graham Crombie, Kate Barry-Piceno and Vanessa Winning.

Of course with two new Board members this meant that we were saying goodbye to two of our board colleagues - and my personal thanks goes to Rick Stolwerk and Todd Cations-Velvin for their contribution over the last two years.  Both Rick and Todd are great assets to the surf life saving movement - they like to get things done and will personally get in and make things happen.  I'm sure we will all continue to benefit from these attributes in the years to come.

The meeting also approved the SLSNZ Annual Report and 2015/16 Financial Statement - and these are now available online on the SLSNZ website for anyone who wants to read them.

On the morning of the AGM, a strategy workshop for club Chairs was held.  This was again a very worthwhile event and discussed some key topics including future lifeguard capability, coastal erosion, financial sustainability, health & safety and the priorities for SLSNZ in 2017/18.  The outputs from this session will be circulated to clubs shortly.

The Awards of Excellence dinner held at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland was again a great night.  As always it was wonderful to see so many people honoured for their years of commitment.  Congratulations to all the award winners, and in particular those inducted into the Surf Sports Hall of Fame, our first induction since 2007.  It was also great to hear from the 2016 Black Fins on some of their insights into what has made them the most successful team in the history of the World Championship - being the only team to have won the pool, beach and overall titles at the same event.

Looking ahead,  the next Board meeting will be held on 29th October, which is the usual time for the Board to decide on the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair along with the composition of the various Board committees.

I have however, decided to take a break from the demands of being Chairman.  At this time I intend to remain as a Board member and I am very confident that my fellow Board members will be able to continue to build on the good work we have started.

On a different topic, not associated with the AGM, also attached are the regular SLSNZ Financial Reports for the first two months of 2016/17.  These show a Net Operating Surplus of $0.758 million, which is $55,751 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 slightly ahead of the budget at $405,436. 

And that's it from me.  As mentioned above, the next Board meeting will be held in Wellington on Saturday 29th October and there will be an update following that.   So until then……

Yours in surf,

Geoff Hamilton
Surf Life Saving New Zealand