New Brighton Surf Bathing & Life Saving Club Incorporated 1910
New Brighton SLSC was officially formed on 14 July 1910 as the first surf life saving club in New Zealand. In its centennial season of 2010/2011 New Brighton was set to host the Centennial Surf Life Saving Championships Nationals on the weekend of 10 March to 13 March 2011 but it was pulled from New Brighton beach and moved to Mount Maunganui due to the devastating damage caused by the Christchurch earthquake on the 22nd February.
Although the earthquake ruined the New Brightons Centennial celebration plans the club previously managed to have a very successful centenary dinner in July 2010 where a plaque was unveiled by Mayor Bob Parker, SLSNZ President Bob Harvey along with our own Patron Dave Taylor and President Jimmy Gaskell.
Our Agm and open day also co-insided with the book launch of “100 summers of service” New Brighton Surf club’s history over the past century. A lot of time and research went into this book written by Peter Oakes which used the clubs previous publication “75 years of surf, service & sport” written by Ray Caines as a starting point to create this book. Edited by clubbie matt Nash who made sure it was rich in photos and stories with select memoirs from key members over the decades sharing their experiences.
Every past and present club member should have a copy of this book and there are still copies of this book available and you can order it from the club for the minimal price of $35 email Book to purchase your copy.
Official events for the weekend will include a conversazione on the Friday 11th March, a Dinner on the Saturday 12th March and post-nationals celebration on the Sunday. However, the centenary celebrations are not limited to just the Nationals weekend engagements.
New Brighton’s centenary celebrations are sure to celebrate both the club’s history as well as Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s mantra of being ‘In it for Life’. We look forward to celebrating a century of saving lives, and making New Zealand’s favourite playground safer!