In terms of timing, the arrival and location of a travelling surf life saving exhibition in the Bay could not have been more appropriate.
The exhibition, called Between The Flags - 100 Years of Surf Life Saving, has been set up on the Marine Parade in Napier just a couple of hundred metres from where a dramatic rescue took place last Saturday.
Fifteen-year-old trained lifesaver Danyon Spiller rescued a 10-year-old boy who had been caught in an undertow and swept out while playing with friends in the surf. The rescue happened a fortnight before patrols were set to start at the Pacific Surf Club and Danyon had gone to the rooms to help set up for a social evening when he spotted the youngster in trouble.
Surf Life Saving Hawke's Bay development manager David Beattie said the lifesaving fraternity was proud of what Danyon had done, and said it underlined the work of life savers - "even off duty."
The exhibition of photos and memorabilia from 100 years of surf life saving in New Zealand, as well as interactive displays, will be open to the public through until November 29 and has been set up on the beachfront beside the Sound Shell on Marine Parade.