Surfbreak Protection Society
Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society is a Society dedicated to the conservation of the "treasures" of the New Zealand Surfing Community - our surfbreaks - through the preservation of their natural characteristics, water quality, marine eco systems and low impact access for all. We strive to be Aotearoa's Kaitiaki "Guardians - Trustees" of our surfbreaks and the natural environments that compliment them.
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Duke Kahanamoku presented with a korowai by Tureiti Te Heuheu Tukino V  paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa

Duke Kahanahamoku – Our Nation Celebrating 100 years since.

“Where is this Honolulu Maori you call Hawaiian?” Are the words that paramount chief Tureiti Te Heuheu Tukino V of Ngati Tuwharetoa spoke as he made his way through the crowd seeking the Olympic gold medalist giving his surfing demonstration at Lyall Bay …

SPS Airport Extension Submission

Proposed Airport Extension in Lyall Bay

Lyall Bay is a heritage site for New Zealand surfing, where in 1915 Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku demonstrated the sport of kings. 100 years on, what effects will the WIAL airport extension have on the Bay for surfing? Read our submission here …


Surfbreak legal protection and planning

New Zealand is recognised as the first country in the world to incorporate surfbreak preservation concepts within its legal and planning framework. The intention of this page is to discuss and link all available literature to do with surfbreaks in …


Aramoana – Whareakeake

19th December 2013 SPS is happy to have found mutual understanding with Port Otago Ltd and its shareholder Otago regional Council over the best practice to avoid adverse effects on Aramoana Spit and Whareakake surfbreaks from the depositing of  dredge …


Auckland Region

Auckland region (which is the consolidation of Auckland regional Council, Auckland City, North Shore City, Rodney City, Manukau City, etc) is looking to establish it’s long term Unitary Plan, of which the regions Coastal Plan will form part. Auckland region …

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    • Mar 16, 2016

      WIAL is seeking the removal of Lyall Bay’s Corner surf break from the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s proposed schedule of protected surf breaks in its submission to The Proposed Natural Resources Plan (PNRP).
      Not only that, WIAL are seeking deletion of the specific policy (Policy P51) that directs councils and developers to protect all of the Wellington Regional surf breaks as listed in Schedule K Significant Surf Breaks.

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    • Oct 16, 2015

      This month-
      Tauranga – Mount: Dredging Versus Natural Processes, What’s Going On?
      SPS are seeking to engage Port Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for a robust monitoring system to separate natural processes from those of the Port as to protect and enhance the surfbreaks of the Mount and Matakana

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    • Aug 21, 2015

      The Surfbreak Protection Society’s 2015 Annual General Meeting is to be held at De Post Belgian Beer Café , 466 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland on the 19th of September please ensure your menmbership is up to date, and please invite your friends to join!

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    • Jun 1, 2015

      A Roundup Of Surfbreak Protection …

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    • Apr 28, 2015

      A monthly update on what has been crossing our desk, – Wellington Airport – Will WIAL employ the appropriate scientific methods to negate impacts on Lyall Bay’s Surfbreaks?
      Lyall Bay corner Car park – is it time to rip up this unwanted intrusion into our shoreline – share your thoughts.
      Northland Regional Coastal plan- identification of the regions surfbreaks – narrowed down to only ten?

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    • Mar 19, 2015

      With the remnants of Cyclone Pam spinning on down past the Chatham’s, we have a good setup for swell this Saturday to mark one hundred years of Duke Kahanamoku demonstrating his surfing skills to a crowd of thousands at Lyall Bay as a guest of Lyall Bay SLSC in 1915.


      9:30 am = Opening ceremony at the Corner – Eastern end of the beach
      10:00 am = Comp starts with heats throughout the day. Prizes awarded for craziest board, coolest costume, most entertaining ride, biggest crowd pleaser
      10:45-12:15 pm = Grommets/learn to surf
      12:30 pm = Group photo (all surfers lined up with boards behind like back in the day)
      1:30 pm = Paddle race (any board but no paddles)
      6 pm = Prizegiving
      7 pm = Party (featuring live music)

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