This water safety programme focuses on traditional tikanga related to kai gathering for marae events to participants in the Ngati Wai rohe in Northland. Participants receive basic water safety knowledge while enriching their Matauranga Maori through interactions with the moana. Keep Reading
Pete Boyd, a Ngāti Porou surf-life saver, knows he's in for another busy season. He runs the Ngāti Porou Surf Lifesaving Club - patrolling remote beaches along the East Cape during summer. "Ngāti Porou lifesaving is about a service. It's a voluntary service where you're protecting people that are going into the sea," he told The Hui. Keep Reading
Kia Maanu Kia Ora is the umbrella brand comprising education and events for Māori drowning prevention, led by Water Safety New Zealand in partnership with Tangaroa Ara Rau (the Māori advisory group) and run by trusted community providers. This partnership with Māori water safety providers and those experienced in Te Reo and Kaupapa... Keep Reading
Former navy diver Rob Hewitt and University of Otago researcher Dr Chanel Phillips collaborate on Māori perspectives for water safety.
The intimate connections Māori have with water
Māori connection with Tangaroa (god of the sea) is deeply spiritual and metaphysical with the sea often considered to be the source and foundation of all life. While Tangaroa is viewed as the source of life, it can also be destructive and the cause of death and havoc. Sadly this is evident in current preventable drowning statistics where Māori are over represented.
With water and the sea figuring prominently from a Māori world view, respect and understanding of Tangaroa and what Tangaroa is capable of, and water safety skills training is paramount for Māori wellbeing and Māori survival in, on and around the water.