Working for the welfare of all seafarers
The International Sailors Society New Zealand Incorporated (ISSNZ), which is commonly known as the Sailors Society New Zealand, is the umbrella organisation representing independent affiliated organisations in New Zealand (Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Bluff, Otago)
ISSNZ is governed by a Board of Directors representing each of the member societies. The Board appoints a Chairman and an Honorary National Secretary/Treasurer who manages the Society. The Secretary liaises with the members and is the point of contact with the parent body, Sailors’ Society in the UK.
The National Secretary and appointed Directors serve on the Seafarers Welfare Board of New Zealand.
The Society has an National Chaplain, Rev Aaron Ironside, who is available to assist the member societies, is a qualified trainer in NZ for the Society’s Wellness at Sea programme and is the NZ contact point for the Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN), a 24-hour support service for seafarers and their families in crisis.
The Society is affiliated to the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) through Sailors’ Society UK and is a member of the Seafarers Welfare Board for New Zealand (Inc).
Information about Sailors’ Society organisations in New Zealand ports can be found using the menu options.