Wai ora Aotearoa 2025 – the roadmap to reduce preventable drownings. Introducing Wai ora Aotearoa: Navigating to a safer future. New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2025 – the water safety sector’s collective approach to ensure everyone connects to and enjoys the water safely. This is a significant event – As the lead agency... Keep Reading
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This is a feed of news and media items promoting kaupapa Māori water safety education and programmes across Aotearoa which can be incorporated into kaiako learning plans.
Ngāti Porou Surf Life Saving Club - December 2020
He Waka Eke Noa -Te Taitimu Trust wananga for rangatahi in January 2019.
With the weather looking good Water Safety New Zealand wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Waitangi weekend, and reminds everyone to remember the water safety code: Be prepared Watch out for yourself and others Be aware of the dangers Know your limits Keep Reading
Despite being in lockdown for part of 2020 New Zealand’s provisional drowning toll is only just below the five year average at 74 (the five year average 2015 -2019 is 81). Drowning is the leading cause of recreational death and the third highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand. Keep Reading
Preliminary figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable fatal drowning toll for the official holiday period is three. The summer holiday period ran from 4.00pm Thursday 24 December 2020 through to 6.00am Tuesday 5 January 2021. Keep Reading
A collection and archive of news relating to Water Safety New Zealand and issues involving water safety, better water skills and drowning prevention. Keep Reading
The critical role the water safety sector plays in keeping kiwis safe in, on and around the water has been acknowledged in Budget 2020 by Finance Minister, Hon Grant Robertson. $60.5m has been allocated over the next four years to ensure New Zealand’s frontline rescue services, carried out by Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) and... Keep Reading
2020/2021 funding round open Water safety is a critical issue for New Zealand. Drowning is the leading cause of recreational death and the third highest cause of accidental death. In 2019 there were 82 preventable drowning fatalities following the 66 in 2018. The 2014 – 2018 five year average is 79. Through its funding round Water... Keep Reading
A spike in underwater, rock fishing and boating incidents has seen New Zealand’s provisional preventable drowning toll jump back up to almost the five year average after a drop in 2018. Keep Reading
A new partnership between Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) and ACC investing $1m over the next two years into kaupapa Māori water safety is being celebrated at a hui in Auckland. Keep Reading
A renewed partnership between Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) and Māori is being celebrated at a special event on the Whanganui River. WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills will join Māori water safety advocate and educator Rob Hewitt and Te Taitimu Trust founder Zack Makoare for a powhiri and water safety workshop. 130 Māori youth will also be given the... Keep Reading