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On busy beaches this summer you’ll see distinctive red and yellow flags showing the safest place to swim, and indicating where the local surf lifeguards are keeping watch.

The first Surf Life Saving clubs in New Zealand formed in 1910 at Lyall Bay and New Brighton beaches in 1910. Today there are 74 clubs across New Zealand and over 80 patrol locations each summer.

This kete | set captures some of the history of Surf Life Saving across collections shared on Kōtuia.

A history of Surf Life Saving in New Zealand

Te Awa Swimming and Life Saving Club (1910s)

Taranaki Surf Life Saving (1920s - 1930s)

Waipu cove Surf Life Saving (1970s)

Surf Life Saving Championships, New Brighton (1979)

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