Teresa Stanley

1976 to 1980

Teresa was capable of anything at school and so it has transpired into her working life.  At college she was a conscientious academic gaining school certificate and having university entrance accredited.  Part way through her Form 7 year she transferred to Burnside High School in Christchurch where her swim coach was located.

Not only was she the swimming champion and a fine athlete, Teresa was a member of the A Basketball Team and out of school Teresa was a dedicated skier, into surf lifesaving and enjoyed ballet.

On leaving school Teresa remained in Christchurch and started what has become a lifetime of participating, of furthering her education and experiencing an extraordinary career.  Teresa has been a New Zealand Swimming Rep, a New Zealand Surf Life Saving title holder and has completed the round Taupo cycle race in a very creditable time of 5.07 hrs.

Below is tabled her qualifications and her working history.

Degrees, Diplomas University Field Year conferred
Dip Teaching Christchurch Teachers College Phys-ed 1983
B Sc Canterbury Economics 1985
Post Grad Diploma in Business and Administration Massey (Albany)   1996
M Bus Studies Massey (Albany) Management 2004


Working history:

Relevant academic, research, and/or work experience

From year

To year
Working Group Member of Swimming NZ Review 2011 2012
Chair – Swimming Auckland 2011 present
Member International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention (16 members total) 2007 2010
Member DPS Environmental Advisory Group 2007 2011
Member WSNZ Education Forum 2008 present
Chair – ShoreSafe Injury Free 2007 present
NZ Standards Committee – Pool Safety – NZS8500:2006 2005 2006
NZ Standards Committee – Water Safety Signage – NZS8690:2003 2002 2003
WaterSafe Auckland Inc. 2001 present
Rosehill College – Relief Teaching 1999 2001
Harbour Sport 1993 1995
Surf Life Saving Northern / NZ – Education Manager 1989 1993
Secondary Teaching – JCHS and EGGS 1985 1988


Teresa has travelled widely and in recent years it has generally been linked with international conferences where she has given papers.  She attended the World Drowning Prevention Conference in Oporto, Portugal and De Nang in Vietnam where she was a presenter.

She has two children both at Rangitoto College in Mairangi Bay, Ben (Year 12) and Alicia (Year 9), both are involved in water sports. Alicia competes and patrols for Mairangi Bay Surf Club and is in the Rangitoto Junior A and North Harbour Under 14 A waterpolo teams, and Ben competes for Mairangi Bay Surf Club, patrols at Pauanui and is hot on cousin Matt’s feet in the pool swimming For North Shore Swim Club.

Teresa is not content with her achievements to date.  She is about to embark on completing a PhD at Auckland University starting in Feb 2013.

Attached is a very interesting article published in the NZ Herald late last year outlining what Teresa has done for WaterSafe and the commitment she has made to become a successful career woman.