Representatives & Centres

Honorary National Secretary/Treasurer:
Commander Larry Robbins OBE FNI RNZN (Rtd)
issnz(at) +64 21 182 4545

Honorary National Chaplain:
Rev Aaron Ironside
chaplain(at) +64 21 59 57 59

The Society is represented in the following NZ ports:

AUCKLAND – The Society is a partner in the Auckland International Seafarers’ Centre. Rev Aaron Ironside is one of the chaplains at the centre and is a welfare officer employed by the Seafarers Welfare Board for NZ.
The seafarers’ centre is located at 114 Quay Street, Auckland City.

For full information about the centre and facilities offered visit the AISC website.

BLUFF – Bluff Seafarers Centre – located opposite the security base at the main entrance to the port in Bluff (SOUTHPORTNZ).
The centre operates unmanned 24/7/365. It offers facilities for free wifi, courtesy of the port company, and recreational activities such as pool, tea and coffee.
The port’s transport drops seafarers at the centre. Contact the security personnel for access if the centre is locked.
For urgent needs contact the Hon National Chaplain.

BAY OF ISLANDS (PAIHIA, OPUA) – no seafarers’ centre. The Society is represented in the Bay of Islands by Ms Carol Forsyth carolfour(at)

Contact the Hon National Chaplain for urgent matters

PICTON – no seafarers’ centre at present although a facility on the wharf at Shakespeare Bay is generously being made available by Port Marlborough and is currently (March ’24) being made ready.

The society is represented in Picton by Dr Jan Shapcott – contact by email:
For urgent matters contact the Hon National Chaplain

PORT CHALMERS (DUNEDIN) – Otago Seafarers Charitable Trust.
The Seafarers’ Centre is at 12 George Street, Port Chalmers. Manager Heather Crawford. Contact +64 3 472 7097
Facilities: Telephone; Email; Internet & WIFI; TV; Pool Table; Tea and Coffee; Mail. Chaplains available.

TAURANGA (BAY OF PLENTY) – Bay of Plenty Seafarers Charitable Trust, supports the United Seafarers Mission.
Contact the Hon National Chaplain for Society’s local contact details

Information on other NZ ports can be found in the Seafarers Welfare Board website

Shakespeare Bay, Picton
The seafarers’ centre is in the building adjacent to the ship’s superstructure.