Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Governor General to launch Surf Diversity Programme

Media Release
19 June 2014

Governor General to launch Surf Diversity Programme

The Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, is set to launch Surf Lifesaving’s Northern Regions new Surf Diversity Programme at Government House Auckland on Tuesday 24 June, 2014.

The innovative Surf Diversity Programme is aimed at encouraging ethnic, Maori and Pacific youth to represent and participate in surf lifesaving around Auckland this summer and for years to come.

Twenty students, a mixture of Asian, Maori and Pacific youth will be among the first to launch and participate in the long-term programme which is based on a scholarship concept.

“This programme is considered a major breakthrough in New Zealand surf lifesaving history,” says Chief Executive Officer of Surf Life Saving Northern Region, Pam Elgar.

“There is a strong need for more ethnic representation amongst the predominantly European face of lifesaving and this programme will help provide proactive solutions,” Pam adds.

The concept originated from Ollie Urwin, a long-serving lifeguard with Karekare Surf Life Saving Patrol and for the past year, Surf Life Saving Northern Region has been working closely with a project team and fellow Karekare lifeguard, Sir Bob Harvey, to launch the programme in West Auckland secondary schools.

“Last summer we presented the Surf Diversity Programme to students in four West Auckland schools and were met with great success,” says Pam.

“We are confident this programme will be met with support from communities that are often over-represented in drowning and rescue statistics,” Pam adds.

A prerequisite of the programme is that all of the young people applying for the scholarship are able to swim and commit to training sessions with the four Auckland Surf Life Saving Clubs who are working with the students over the next two seasons (2014/2015).

“In ten years’ time, we’re hoping our patrolling beaches will look more like the All Blacks with a wealth of diversity, talent and skill,” says Sir Bob Harvey.

Surf Life Saving Northern Region would like to acknowledge the support of the Lottery Outdoor Safety Committee who receives their funding from the NZ Lottery Grants Board and made this programme possible.

The launch ceremony will take place at 5.30pm at Government House in Auckland and will be attended by the first intake of students, their parents, Surf Life Saving Northern Region representatives, participating clubs and key funders.

For further information about Surf Life Saving Northern Region or the Surf Diversity Programme visit http://www.lifesaving.org.nz/.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

InternetNZ On Snowden Docs: Mass Collection Of Pacific Data Affects Kiwi Holidaymakers

The allegation that New Zealand has conducted mass data harvesting on its Pacific Island neighbours raises concerns about New Zealanders’ communications being collected, says InternetNZ.

“If the allegations are correct, then New Zealand would be mining data about everyone in the Pacific Islands named in the allegations. That’s everyone. Not just individuals who attract specific surveillance warrants, but everyone. This means local residents to visiting Kiwi tourists could be having their data collected." More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news