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Independent Board Director Vacancy

Water Safety New Zealand


New Zealand’s drowning problem

Recreation in, on and around the water is a cultural and popular pastime for millions of people in New Zealand. As an island nation, our beaches, rivers and lakes are some of the most magnificent in the world. A moderate climate, accessible waterways, including public and residential pools provide ample opportunities for Kiwis, immigrants and tourists alike to recreate and participate in water sports and activities year round. This is part of the New Zealand lifestyle.

With any water comes risk and sadly every year far too many people lose their lives or are injured in, on or around the water. The real tragedy is that most drownings and injuries are preventable.

Drowning is the number one cause of recreational death in New Zealand with 66 people losing their lives in 2018. It is the second highest cause of death by unintentional injury for young people 1 – 24 years and the third highest cause of accidental death.

About Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safety New Zealand is the national drowning prevention agency providing leadership, advocacy and education on behalf of the water safety sector, for the wellbeing of all people in New Zealand.

Our purpose is to lead a step change in New Zealand so people don’t drown. Our vision is that by 2025 more people in New Zealand respect the water and have the skills, knowledge and awareness to enjoy it safely.

Water Safety New Zealand is an association of water safety sector member organisations with an elected board and recruited management and administrative team.

The board is now seeking an independent director whose values align with Water Safety New Zealand – ambitious, focused, innovative, inspiring and giving. If successful, you’ll be joining a board comprising both independent and member representative directors. Note: an incumbent independent director is seeking reappointment.

The role

You will be an active and accountable director with a focus on the future of the water safety sector and Water Safety New Zealand. A team player, you will be part of the collective consciousness about matters that are vital to the organization and the water safety sector’s success, and ultimately, the reduction in New Zealand’s drowning toll. You will have financial and evidence based outcomes experience and your interests in water safety education, sport and drowning prevention will assist you in representing and advocating for the interests of the sector. Your diverse and fresh approach will contribute a new perspective. A modest honorarium is paid.

Please apply by email with a covering letter and governance CV to:

Water Safety New Zealand
Board Appointments Panel

Application deadline : Friday 26 July 2019

Independent Board Director Vacancy



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