Club Committee

Paekākāriki Surf Lifeguards Inc. are a registered charity in New Zealand and are run by a Management Committee consisting of Chairman, President, Secretary, Director of Lifesaving, Director of Sport plus other committee members.

Matt Warren


Matt joined the club and became a lifeguard in 1985. Competing and Patrolling for the club. He has been on the Committee for over 20 years in various positions. He loves coaching and officiating and seeing younger members of the club develop into great lifeguards and community members. Matt is a proud Dad, with his 4 children also Lifeguarding and competing for Paekākāriki.

Nat Perkins


Karen Simpson-Warren

New Building Fundraising Chair

Karen has been involved with the club since her kids first joined about 16 years ago and has held the role of Secretary a couple of times spanning 11 years. All four kids have been through the Nipper and Lifeguard programmes and it’s been a big part of family life. Karen is keen to see the new building up and running and is working with a good team to try to make this happen.

Emma Norris

Funding Coordinator

Emma joined Paekākāriki in 2012, when her 3 children started Nippers. Emma joined the Committee in 2017, as the funding and sponsorship Coordinator. She has been a dedicated Nipper coach over the past seasons, coming from a Sport Management background. Emma is present at all competitions, managing teams over the past 6 seasons.

Dave Jones

Director of Sport

Dave joined the club in 1983 and has competed for over 40 years. He is our Head Coach for Senior Craft athletes. Dave is an excellent competitor, winning 5 gold medals at the 2017 World Masters Games. Dave provides excellent coaching and trains great athletes. Outside of the club, Dave works for the Police, he is a great asset to the club. 

Sandra Bednarek


Sandra joined Paekākāriki when her 2 daughters got involved in Nippers. Sandra has coached and managed Junior Surf for many years providing expertise and experience. She is an active member of the club contributing to many aspects of the club, doing an excellent job as Nipper coordinator

Lynette Imrie

General Committee Member

Lynnie is a key part of Nippers here at Paekākāriki, helping to run beach and inlet sessions throughout the year. Lynnie got involved when her 3 children joined – and whilst they’ve moved on to bigger things (like Olympic kayaking!) Lynnie still remains a presence at the club.

James Imrie

General Committee Member & Building Committee

Sarah Sherriff

General Committee Member

Sarah joined the club in 2015, along with her 2 girls. She’s learned the skills along with them and has coached in the Nipper programme and recently became a lifeguard.

Shane Radovanovich

General Committee Member & Boat Captain

Monique Lepionka

General Committee Member & Junior Surf Coordinator

Ben Strombom

General Committee Member & IRB Coordinator

Henry Curtis

General Committee Member


To get in touch with our committee please email our Club Admin Laura