About Us

New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has a distinguished history of patrolling New Brighton beach, and providing a critical service to the community as well as performing competitively in surf sports.

Our mission is to prevent drowning and injury on the beach over the summer months. We achieve this by providing regular voluntary patrols on weekends from November until mid March. We also offer a thriving Junior Surf programme for 7-14 year olds, and a variety of competitive surf sport programmes too.

We value community service, volunteering, participation, development, teamwork, family, respect, responsibility, and high safety standards.

Club Committee

The 2023/2024 Club Committee members as voted in at the 2023 New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club AGM are as follows:

Committee member Committee position Contact
Dave Taylor Club Patron Contact via email
Doug McIntyre Club President Contact via email
Lachlan Hill Club Chairperson Contact via email or call 020 4007 1922
Liz Buckley Club Treasurer Contact via email
Kirsty Cullen Junior Surf Coordinator Contact via email
Isaac Davies Lifeguard Manager Contact via email or call 027 555 2523
Matthew Nash Sport Manager Contact via email
Zavian Fletcher Powercraft Manager Contact via email
Gareth Allison Club Captain Contact via email

The New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club is the oldest surf lifesaving club in New Zealand having been formed in July 1910.

Club History

In May 1910, the formation of the New Brighton Surf Bathing and Life Saving Club took place under the light of a smoky kerosene lantern at New Brighton School.

The summer of 1909-10 was long and hot, with the Christchurch hordes frequently making the tiresome journey to the beach in horse-drawn trams. There was no lifeguard patrol, no reel and line, not even a lifesaving buoy to be thrown from the pier. It relied on the strong swimmers staying at the beach, the stalwart men of East Christchurch who had in the habit of making New Brighton their Mecca since 1905. There were several drownings, as many near misses, not just at New Brighton.

In May 1910, under the light of a smoky kerosene lantern at New Brighton School, local New Brighton resident Alfred P. Hopkins called a public meeting to discuss the formation of a club to safeguard the foreshore of New Brighton. This became the foundation meeting of the New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, and the foundation meeting of the sport in New Zealand.

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Purchase a copy of New Brighton’s club biography 100 Summers of Service, by Peter J. Oakes. $35 incl. GST

Life Members

In recognition of service and contribution to New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club, the following members have been awarded life membership due to the significant contribution they have made to the club.

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