In 2017/2018 we celebrated a massive 50 years with our major partner BP which is believed to be the longest corporate partnership in New Zealand's history- something we're both incredibly proud of!
Surf Life Saving New Zealand and BP's history
Our association began shortly after the 1968 Wahine disaster. Prior to that, Europa, subsequently purchased by BP, sponsored a surf boat at Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club called 'Miss Europa'. This boat was used by brave clubbies in horrendous conditions to save some of the 683 passengers and crew that were rescued from the Wahine. The Europa staff were so impressed by the actions of these clubbies that a nationwide sponsorship began shortly after this. Our partnership has evolved over the past 50 years and has seen many changes in both surf lifesaving and sport. During this time, Surf Lifeguards have saved over 55,000 lives and 22,000 of those have been rescued using a BP Surf Rescue IRB.