Life members

Life membership is awarded to those members of our club who have made an outstanding contribution to the club both in life guarding, competitions, administration and other aspects of the club.  The following are profiles of the current TMSLSC life members:

Malcolm McClurg

Malcolm Life Member

Brian Rattray

Brian obtained his surf bronze (award) in 1954 but his association with the Club has been lifelong in that he has been coming to Taylors from the time of his birth as his father, Monty, was an active member of the Club and his family were an important part of its operations at the time and Brian was part of the  “junior surf” section of the Club, then known as the “midgets’ or “nippers”.

Brian has over the years been the most reliable attendee of our AGM’s but unfortunately this is one of the few years other commitments have prevented this.

Brian was a more than competent swimmer, R&R member, ski and board rider.

In respect of the Board you may be interested that in that photo accompanying Bev’s write up in the Annual Report, Brian is the fellow holding the Long Board at the far right. In those years not only were there no Ladies events in ski and board, there were quite a number of similar Junior (Under 18) events excluded, and Brian had to compete against Seniors.

Brian completed with distinction over many years and has been placed many times both Locally and Nationally..

The pinnacle however was I think he would agree would as a member of the Taylor’s Junior Surf Race Team that was first and won the NZ Title in 1958.  That year Brian was also picked to Represent Canterbury.

He still competes when able in Masters events at Local and National Surf Life Saving Championships.

Brian’s Achievements:

a) At the Club, Junior Club Captain 1957-58.
b) Locally at Canterbury. As a junior 1st in Ski Rescue and Junior Surf Teams Race and many placings over all disciplines. As a senior 1st Black and White Surf Relay Team and many placings over all disciplines over many years.
c) In the Taranaki while teaching there for a number of years, member of Taranaki Inter-Districts Team.
d) At Nationals. Apart from the 1st with the Junior Surf Race Team mentioned above a number of 2nd and 3rd in Junior 4 man R&R, Senior Ski and Senior Canoe.
e) At Masters Championships in different age groups above 60yrs, 1st in Surf Race (2), RunSwimRun, Iron Man and 2nd and 3rd in Ski, Beach Sprint and Taplin) ).

He also has done more than his fair share of patrols over the years, being part of those “old timer” patrollers who looked after the beach on carnival/competition days and during Nationals well into the 1990’s at a time when Lifeguards didn’t need to continually “requalify”.

A Physical Education teacher Brian has been responsible over many years for directing many students with the appropriate skills to club membership, an invaluable service for us.

He also coaches swimming and has for a good number of years, even up to this day, organised pool training for those members willing to partake.

Brian is also a Foundation contributor to the TMSLSC Trust.

Brian’s dad Monty himself was awarded Life Membership in the 1960’s and his son Cameron got his surf award in 1985 patrolled and competed for a number of years until his work took him out of town.  There’s a nice photo floating around somewhere of the three “generation” at the Clubs 75th anniversary diner in 1991.

Biff McDermott

Elizabeth “Biff” McDermott was born in 1947 and joined the Club in 1963 through family members (Holland family). Biff obtained her Surf Bronze in 1965.

Biff’s family links are to her mother Margaret, brother Geoff, husband John McDermott, daughter Amy and granddaughters Lily and Islay as well as a sister in law and three nephews.

Biff enjoyed both the sporting and administration activities of the Club. She competed in R & R events over a number of years and was one of the Taylor’s team that won a March Past.

Later Biff ran Junior Surf for eight years until 2005. With a great network of contacts, she was able to tap on many shoulders of past Club national champions to assist with skills coaching for the Juniors, including Malcolm McClurg, Dave Conder and Simon Davis. Corey Hutchings also helped on a couple of occasions.

Biff was Secretary from 1996-2008 and recognised by SLSC with a service award in 2004 and by SLSNZ with a service award in 2006.

Biff was elected a life member in 2009, the Club’s first woman life member.

Jim (“Tiger”) Turpin

James Oliver Turpin was born in 1941. His father, also Jim, and Uncle Olly were members of the Club, so it was natural for Jim and his brother Barry to follow suit. Jim later married another member, June Harrow, a member of the successful women’s teams of the late 50’s and early 60’s. One rumour has it that Jim acquired his nick name through getting into scraps and somehow winning them. A more likely explanation given by a close contemporary of his and a fellow trustee is that when he was a baby his Aunty Curly was looking at Jim in his bassinet and he reached up and scratched her in the face to which she responded, “you are a little Tiger aren’t you”.

Jim joined the Club in 1955 and passed his ‘Surf Bronze’ the following year. As noted in the Club Centenary book ‘Over the Hill for 100 years’, having been bought up on the beach he “was a distinctly useful surf swimmer” not to mention competitor. In 1958 he was 1st in Canterbury Junior Ski Rescue with Brian Rattray, in 1959 3rd in Canterbury Junior Surf Race and in 1964 3rd in Canterbury Senior Beltman. He won a place in the South Island Ross Trophy Team in 1959, for the junior inter-island surf relay; was also in the Canterbury team that year, and again as a senior in 1964. He had also been seventh in the national surf race in 1961.”

As Paul Carpinter and Kevin Tutty, authors’ of ‘Over the Hill’ noted, “Tiger Turpin’s great value to the Club lay in administration and instruction. Duty club captain in 1957-58, he coached club teams between 1959 and 1964, juniors and women, and had a 12-year term as treasurer. That coincided with filling roles with both the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association and the New Zealand Water Polo Board. A vice president of the Club from 1972, he had a three-year term as President from 1983”. In 2001 he returned as Treasurer on the death of brother Barry and has held that role since. In 2014 he became Patron following the death of Harry Goldsmith.

Fundraising was another great attribute Jim had and for which the Club is hugely indebted to him (and Dave Bradley) for. From Paul Carpinter’s forward thinking in 2002 of establishing financial reserves to assist the Club in trying times, Jim and Dave established two trust funds, one based on interest free loans from members from which the Trust earned interest and the other from donations and bequests made to the Club. Each Trust has a provision that the base capital must be maintained at a level to reflect inflation, otherwise there can be no distribution to the Club. Each year grants are made to the Club to assist in surf life saving activities.

Dave Bradley 

David Orton Bradley was born in 1942 and brought up by his mother following the death of his father at Monte Casino in Italy during World War 2. Dave lived in Papanui near St Bede’s College which he also attended.

At 16 his family had a holiday at Taylor’s Mistake “totally against my will. I wanted to continue swimming in the river; it was too far to go to the beach. And then I just got interested in the place and found I could body surf. Someone said why didn’t I join. I thought I might as well. Next thing I met reprobates like Turpin and Hatchwell, Gerard O’Callaghan and Gary Doyle”.

Member Brian Rattray always on the lookout for new members signed several the Bradley clan up to the Club and in May 1959 Dave passed his ‘Surf Bronze’ and started his very rewarding association with the Club through which he made many lifetime friends.

As well as the patrols Dave loved the sport side of surf life saving and was placed many times in Canterbury Championships in surf, board races and six-man competitions. In 1971 he was part of the team that won the National March Past Champions.

Dave contributed greatly to the Club. As well as voluntary beach patrols and representing the Club at surf lifesaving carnivals and championships he was Club Captain from 1964 – 1965, on the Management Committee from 1976 -1979, and President from 1980 – 1983. He was the Convenor of the 1991 75th Jubilee of the Club, “never again” he recalls, staying well clear of the 2016 Centenary organising committee!

He undertook many fundraising activities for the Club (before the start of gaming machine grants) in the form of bottle drives, pub raffles as well as overseeing a Club project of purchasing a section from the proceeds of a legacy from Frank Waters of Boulder Bay to the Club and building flats at a profit on the sale. With Jim Turpin he set up the two Trusts to build up reserves for the Club. The first was based on interest free five-year debentures to the Club and the second (Rescue Trust) based on legacies and donations to the Club.

Dave met his future wife Penny Masson on the beach and after they married, they purchased the Bach perched above the rocks on the eastern side of the beach near the start of the Boulder Bay walk. They did it up and lived there for a few years before shifting across the bay. They have four children, Tisha (Club Captain from 2013), Antonia, Mathew and Sam who are or have been members of the Club.

Dave was made a Life Member in 1990.

Dave still enjoys walking the surrounding hills and the beach and body surfing in the summer. When interviewed he wished to express his view that the replacement Club House should be both financially and environmentally sustainable and, as well as built for surf lifesaving be built for the needs of the local community.

Geoff “Louie” Le Cren 

Geoff was another surf life saver with strong family connections to the Club. His parents Keith and Rene were active members of Taylor’s as was sister Helen. Later his children Tim, Danelle and Kristi became members.

Geoff was born in 1944 and gained his Surf Bronze in 1958 and competed in his first nationals the same year in New Brighton. He competed with distinction as a patient for Norm Webb where in heavy seas they were only one of three teams to finish. However, they were denied a placing because the event was called off because of the big sea.

According to Kevin Tutty and Paul Carpinter in ‘Over the Hill for 100 years’ “the next year, at Oakura, he became perhaps the youngest to win the national junior belt title at only 15, … and in 1960 he added the surf race”. However, a combination of factors outside his control i.e. accidents and injuries, family bereavement, need to work, archaic rules relating to professional swimming instructors (for which he did part time for a period) reduced his opportunities to shine as a senior. He swam a host of finals, and twice won the South Island Belt title. In 1982 win the national over 30 surf race. In 1963 he was the sole Taylor’s Mistake representative in the Canterbury team that competed in the prestigious Royal Carnival. From 1960-81 he represented Canterbury in 16 of those years.  Perhaps the most satisfaction Geoff gained from the sport was being a member of the Club’s six-man team and multiple successes it had in winning the Nelson Shield. Of the thirteen wins in two decades, Geoff was in 10 of them.

As well as the sporting side of life saving Geoff was an extremely able administrator, secretary of the Canterbury association for several years, as well as the Club from 1974-77, club captain from 1965-66. He represented New Zealand in a surf lifesaving educational role in 1980 having been granted an Air New Zealand Study Award. In 1981 he was named Canterbury Surf Life Saver of the Year.

Mike Regan



Paul Carpinter

Paul joined the Club in 1963 having been introduced by his high school friend John Stead.

Paul achieved his Surf bronze in 1963, Instructors Certificate in 1971, was Canterbury Surf Life Saver of the Year in 1972, received a Service Award from Surf Life Saving Canterbury in 1987, a Service Award from Surf Life Saving New Zealand in 1992, and a Distinguished Service Award Surf Life Saving Canterbury 2001. He was a Surf Examiner in 2001 and received his SLSNZ 50 Year Badge in 2013.

Paul’s children James and Melanie obtained their surf awards and competed and patrolled for the Club.

Paul particularly enjoyed the comradery and friendship of members and this was the key to ensuring a long association with the club.  “This ensured that it was easy to compete in teams, enjoy patrols and involve oneself in coaching and administration plus enjoy an active social life!”  “From a competition perspective the Nelson Shield, the National Surf Teams Race Championship (with Paul Goldsmith, Dave Gerrard and Chris Read), the Taplin Relay and the Alan Gardner Trophy were special results”.

Paul enjoyed numerous success in gaining national and provincial titles as an athlete and coach. He was a member of 10 National Six Man Rescue and Resuscitation winning teams, plus a member of 5 Four Man Rescue and Resuscitation winning teams. He was a member of teams that won 30 national titles (6-man, 4-man, Taplin Relay, Surf Teams race and March Past), 17 second places and 13 third places. A member of teams to win 53 Canterbury tiles, plus 28 second places and 14 third places. Also, coach of 4 Nelson Shield teams (Senior 6-man R&R).

Paul was elected a Life member in 2001, was President 1995-1999, Club Captain 1969-1971; 2002; Secretary 1972-1973. Club Coach – mainly R & R plus TM team to 2 World Club Championships.  Instructor for surf lifeguard awards. Canterbury Coach 1984-1990. Canterbury representative 1966-1975, 1977, 1979 and 1981. Canterbury Selector 1981-1990. He represented NZ on an Education Tour to the USA in 1969.

Over the years Paul remembers many highlights that included the opportunity to encourage and qualify a large number of junior lifeguards.  The first group (30 plus), mainly from Burnside HS obtained their surf awards in 1971 resulting in the entry of 4 Junior 6-man R & R teams in a local carnival.  A similar influx of juniors in 2000/2001 occurred and 25 plus received their surf awards.  The help from Barry Turpin’s PC’s Fund was crucial for gear for this group. The 75th Anniversary Celebrations and the Centennial Celebrations were both fantastic events and the privilege to contribute to the centennial publication was exceptionally rewarding. The opportunity to represent NZ in the USA on an Educational Tour and introducing the rescue tube to the New Zealand in 1969 was a special experience.  Being available to perform (with Dave Bradley) 15 rescues on a scorching day in February 1973, when the temperature reached record 41 degrees.  The rescues were within an hour and a half earned a “rescue of the year” citation.

Observations Paul made in his time with the Club were the significant contribution of the bach owners, the ‘family atmosphere’ that exists plus the enjoyment of friendships and company of club members from a wide range of backgrounds and interests.

Greg McClurg


David Hill

David joined Taylors Mistake 1978 and competed for Taylors Mistake in predominantly Rescue and Resuscitation events and was for many years a member of the Nelson Shield winning team as well 4-man R&R titles. Dave has been a long serving member having grown up in the bay while staying at the family bach on the Row. He has been on many club committees, club captain and President. He has also produced the club newsletter for nearly 10 years in the 1980s and has produced the clubs Annual Report (the” little green book”) every year since 1989. He has remained an active member in the club and is part of an Ocean swim team regularly entering the Ocean Swim series and traversing Taylors beyond the wave line. As an architect, Dave is assisting the club with designs for our new building. David received the SLSNZ Innovation award for his design of the Woodend Surf Club Patrol Tower, a design resembling a deck chair in patrol colours. Dave is a member who is” in it for life” and continues to actively support Taylors Mistake and Surf Life Saving.

Daryl Neate

Daryl grew up in Taylors with the family owning the bach “Shangri-la “at the end of the bay. He started as a nipper and got his surf award in 1962. Daryl was one of the clubs most successful competitors in both R and R and craft, winning the Nelson Shield 13 times, NZ Iron Man, Ski, Ski Rescue, Taplin Relay and Double Ski Titles. In all 35 gold, 22 Silver and 21 Bronze medals at National Championships.

Daryl also represented New Zealand in 1973 in South Africa and in 1974 against Australia. In 1985, he was inducted into the NZ Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame along with Geoff le Cren. Daryl competed for the club for 40 years as well as patrolling and coaching.

His long association with the club and support is now being acknowledged and it is with great pleasure we wish to nominate Daryl’s “Sausage” Neate as a Life Member.

Dougal Holmes

Dougal joined Taylors Mistake in 1977 along with close friend Hamish Buchanan and competed in R&R, board, canoe and ski. Later he became involved in IRB. Although successful in surf competition his largest contribution to surf was in patrolling. For many years he was a member of the Canterbury Association patrol committee and a number of years as the convenor. At club level, he carried out many additional hours patrolling each season and constantly working to improve patrol operations. He attended many workshops and became involved in National committees for IRB. Dougal also has a passion for photography and was a photographer at many NZ surf nationals. Dougal’s contribution to Taylors Mistake in patrolling and IRBs and NZ Surf through his District and Nation contributions as both paid and volunteer member of these organisations has been significant. Dougal’s continued involvement with the club helping with IRBs and our “Master of Ceremonies”.


Ken Jones

Ken Jones joined Taylors Mistake in 1974 and has been a long serving member of the club after returning from Auckland and North Piha in the 1990’s. During the early years Ken was an active competitor winning a national title in the double ski in 1976. He went on to become a key member of Taylors Mistake Nelson shield team and later joined North Piha to successfully take the Nelson Shield off Taylors Mistake. Prior to moving to Auckland, Ken was club member who contributed greatly to the social activities in the club, introducing many friends to join and creating a fun environment as well as assisting in the club song. His involvement in North Piha was equally social but also as a life guard patrolling and competing as well as being Club Captain in 1990. Eventually returning to Christchurch, Ken was quickly back to Taylors and took up a number of roles on the committee and building officer. As his children grew up, he took a greater interest in the Junior surf activates and managed teams to the Ocean Athletes as well as teams to the National Championships. Over the past 7 years Ken has been the club chairman and is now presiding over the club during the process of rebuilding the club. Kens contribution to Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club has been significant but the most lasting contribution has been the ability to make it fun and create lifelong friends.

“We love that beach, We love that sand, We’re the best surf club……”