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


Northern surf patrols winding down as Autumn arrives

Monday-to-Friday visitors to Auckland, Waikato and Northland beaches over the last 30-plus summers have been able to swim and recreate under the watchful eye of Surf Life Saving Northern Region* (SLSNR) lifeguards, supported predominantly by local authority funding.

The weekday patrols by the regional paid lifeguards finished at most beaches in February, with just the major west coast beaches of Piha and Muriwai continuing into March and those beaches will cease weekday patrols for the season after 9 March. So far this summer SLSNR lifeguards have rescued more than 300 swimmers and completed over 74,500 hours of patrols.

SLSNR Operations Manager Adam Wooler says volunteer lifeguards will continue patrolling on weekends at high-usage locations till Easter Monday, 2 April. The exceptions are Ahipara, Pakiri, Red Beach, Long Bay, Wenderholm and Takapuna where weekend patrols finished up in February.

Weekend patrols at many beaches will also finish an hour earlier from this Saturday, 3 March. Patrols will end at 4pm this Saturday at Omaha, Mairangi Bay, Muriwai, Bethells and Kariaotahi, while the flags will go down at North and South Piha at 5pm and at 4.30pm at Karekare.

Wooler says surf clubs are expecting the beaches to remain popular through March. “Beach-goers are still very vocal about needing lifeguards to stay on longer than previously. Summer might be over in name, but going to the beach is still the number one recreation activity for thousands of people.”

Despite the busiest season in recent times, Wooler says there is no easing into Autumn for lifeguards or ‘burnout’ in the ranks. “Our vigilance doesn’t let up. The risks are still there and we’ll continue to urge people to act sensibly and responsibly at the beach.

“It’s particularly important that people take extra care late in the day when the lifeguards have taken down the flags, which will be an hour earlier than previously.”

1. SLSNR have 4 Beach safety messages these are;
• Be prepared; learn to swim and survive, always wear appropriate beach attire and be Sun Smart.
• Watch out for yourself and others; always swim between the flags, Keep children within arm’s reach.
• Be aware of the dangers; always read the safety signs and talk to the lifeguard for safety advice.
• Know your limits; never swim or surf alone

2. In 2016/17 SLSNR performed 299 Rescues, 881 First Aid Treatments and 98,628 Safety Interventions.

3. In 2016/17 SLSNR helped educate over 17,000 school aged children in Beach Safety.

*Surf Life Saving Northern Region encompasses 17 clubs, covering 22 beaches from Raglan north on the west coast around North Cape, and south to the Auckland City beaches.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ardern Speech: Justice Summit Opens

If we want to talk about an effective justice system, we shouldn’t start with a discussion about prisons, but a discussion about New Zealand...

We believe in a ‘fair go’. We are fair minded and like to give people a chance. Ensuring everyone is treated fairly is part of the fabric of our culture.

And equally, we are defined by what we don’t believe ourselves to be – and we certainly don’t feel like the kind of place that would have one of the highest incarceration rates in the western world, and yet we do. More>>


Christchurch Quake: New Red Zone Payment For Uninsured

The Government will pay former residential red zone owners 100% of the 2007/08 rateable value for uninsured homes, Minister Megan Woods has announced today. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MP Pay And The REAL P.C. Danger Zone

There has never been anything remotely credible about the way parliamentarians would paint themselves as the helpless victims of the Remuneration Authority when it came to their pay increases... More>>


Repatriation: Remains Of NZ Service People Return Home

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Veterans Ron Mark say they were honoured to be with the families of service personnel as they welcomed their loved ones home. More>>


Cop Shop Top-Up: 1800 New Police Through NZ

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today confirmed further details around the allocation of the 1800 additional officers, following a $298.8 million increase for Police in Budget 2018... “These 1800 officers, alongside 485 support staff, will really enhance our work to keep people safe, and ensure they feel safe,” says Mr Bush. More>>


Human Right Commissions: Concern On Aged Care And Consent

A new report published by the Human Rights Commission raises concerns about the legal and human rights safeguards for an estimated 5000 elderly New Zealanders in secure dementia units and psychogeriatric facilities. More>>


Greens AGM: Leadership Stands Firm On Waka Jumping Bill

The Green Party leadership have dug in their heels and will not be reversing any of the decisions they have made in government. Former MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford had hoped the caucus might be persuaded this weekend to pull its support from the waka jumping bill. More>>


TOP Still Going, Actually: New Leader For Opportunities Party

New leader Geoff Simmons' aim as the leader of TOP is to take the party into Parliament at the next election where it can advocate and implement progressive reform in areas including fair taxation, cannabis legalisation, affordable housing, and environmental protection. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case... More>>




Featured InfoPages