Wellington Airport is looking to rebuild its old seawall defences - and it admits that could impact the quality of the waves.
Surf Lifesaving NZ has in a bid for further government funding.
The off-duty guard first noticed the rescue unfolding on a live surf cam.
"It made a good contest a remarkable contest."
Billy Stairmand admits tackling dangerous Teahupo'o will be as demanding mentally as it will be physically.
The jellyfish produces a painful sting from tentacles up to several metres long.
The man has been fined by Australian authorities for taking the snake out in public.
Maz Quinn broke four ribs and bones at the base of his spine.
Now the national bodies of surfing and surf life saving are working together to make sure these unofficial rescuers get the best possible training.
"I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man."
Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a tiger shark as a teenager, has posted her protest on social media.
Surfer Allen Pidwell has a specially-designed electric motor on his longboard.
Figures show recreational surfers play a huge role as first responders in the water.
Dune Kennings' performance deprived Olympian Billy Stairmand of his ninth national crown.
Water Safety New Zealand statistics show there have been 91 preventable drownings in 2022.
It is the ultimate sign of respect for a man who showed true mana out in the waves.
Already New Zealand's top female surfer, the 20-year-old is setting her sights even higher.
She faces stiff competition from teen sensation Ava Henderson for the title.
Surf lifeguards patrolling Aotearoa's beaches now have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
"This is probably the least surprising thing I've learnt all year but I'm still amazed."