Water Safety New Zealand – Director Vacancy


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Water Safety New Zealand – Director Vacancy

Water based recreation is a fundamental part of life in New Zealand.  Unfortunately, all too often, summer brings a drowning toll that is unacceptable in today’s society.

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is dedicated to saving these lives, and we are looking for a highly motivated and commercially capable person to join our Board of Directors and help to lead a change in the national attitude to safety in, on and around water.

WSNZ is the lead organisation of the water safety sector with a mission that all New Zealanders should be able to enjoy our natural aquatic heritage safely.  Our core members include Coastguard, Surf Life Saving and Swimming NZ.

WSNZ’s key accountabilities are to lead the development of sector strategy, policy development, advocacy, research, monitoring and evaluation and as a funder of sector programmes and activities.

WSNZ is seeking to appoint an independent director to the Board to ensure that the range of skills and experience required for effective governance of the entity are present.

The governance functions of Water Safety NZ are:

  • Ensure high quality governance of the organisation.
  • Set strategic direction and expectations for the organisation.
  • Lead and oversee agreed changes.
  • Represent, and advocate for, the interests of the sector.
  • Recruit and retain appropriate management resources to implement the organisation’s strategy.

Nominations are sought from individuals who will bring all or some of the following to the Board: 

  • VISION:  The ability to think strategically, to be able to see the ‘big picture’ and to drive the organisation towards achievement of a challenging vision.
  • EXPERIENCE:  Prior experience as a Director, Trustee or capability developed in other Governance roles. 
  • COMMERCIAL: A commercial perspective, with strong macro financial experience, leadership capability and general business skills.
  • LEADERSHIP: Policy and analytical skills to help the board focus its interventions in the most effective manner. 


A modest honorarium is paid but the real return for involvement is an opportunity to ‘make a major difference’ to one of our most concerning statistics and to achieve great satisfaction by contributing to an organisation committed to lowering the drowning toll. 

Interested individuals who are excited by that challenge are invited to apply in confidence by sending a covering letter and governance CV to:


Water Safety NZ

Board Appointment Panel

159/550 Albany Highway


Auckland 0632


Or preferably via email to: peter@peterfitzsimmons.co.nz


Applications close on 31 August 2017