The Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy 2019 - 2023 identifies the priority work streams and investments requirement for water safety in the region. The Bay of Plenty has the 4th highest regional drowning rate in New Zealand and over the past 10 years the average annual number of preventable drowning fatalities has been increasing. Between...
Water Safety New Zealand’s purpose is to provide leadership, advocacy and education for the wellbeing of all people in New Zealand.
Advocacy is an important element in our sector leadership as we work for a step change in New Zealand, so people don’t drown. This means Water Safety New Zealand engages with central and local government, as well as many other bodies, to provide informed insights that seek to drive initiatives which can have real impact.
Water Safety New Zealand plays a leading sector role in Government engagement to ensure our collective voices are heard and to support the long-term financial sustainability of the sector.
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In May 2018 a hui was organised by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) that bought together key Māori Water Safety stakeholders from across New Zealand. Attendees at the hui represented a wide range of stakeholder organisations and collectives and had expertise in water safety and drowning prevention for Māori across a range of activities. The f... Keep Reading
The recent Water Safety Sector Capability Review noted the potential for local government’s role in water safety sector to change in response to climate change and changes in New Zealand’s population age structure, ethnicity and location. As a result, the water safety sector’s relationship with local government was something ... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is pleased with the work that’s been happening over the summer helping young physically disabled New Zealanders learn Water Skills for Life. In partnership with the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and Flight Centre Foundation, two pilots ran in Auckland and Wellington. Water Skills fo... Keep Reading
In 2017 there were 88 recreational (intending to be in the water) and non-recreational (no intention of being in the water) preventable drowning fatalities. The following analysis of fatalities is based on these 88 incidents in 2017 which represent an increase of 10, or 13%, compared to 2016. Keep Reading
Keeping safe in the water is one of the life skills being taught at Te Taitimu Trust’s annual five-day Summer Camp in partnership with Ngati Pahauwera Development Trust and with support from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ). Keep Reading
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New Zealand Safer Boating Forum The New Zealand Safer Boating Forum is a formal network representing a cross-section of national and regional government agencies, local body groups, organisations and the marine industry, involved in promoting recreational boating safety in New Zealand. Water Safety New Zealand is an active contributor. The p... Keep Reading
Another study has revealed dropping levels of aquatic education in New Zealand schools, heightening concern from Water Safety agencies. A new study by Associate Professor Chris Button of Otago University shows New Zealand children lack the basic knowledge to save themselves in the water. The study of 48 primary school aged ch... Keep Reading
I’m not in the habit of going on record making bizarre comments, at least not in relation to drowning fatalities and injuries related to water! I want to enter the discussion as I genuinely feel comments I made have been printed out of context in relation to this piece. My comments around a more diverse population, our Kiwi culture and the... Keep Reading
Risky behaviour around water slow to change 20/07/2017 Water Safety New Zealand’s (WSNZ) Public Attitude and Behaviour Survey for 2017 has revealed while safety messages are getting through risky behaviour is slow to change. The survey reveals that drowning is perceived as a problem by 83% of people ranking 5th behind chi... Keep Reading
Time to address declining levels of aquatic education. 15/05/2017 May 15 International Water Safety Day Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is getting behind International Water Safety Day and its mission to raise awareness around water safety education. It’s call to action - “International Water Safety Day is designed to help spre... Keep Reading
Attitudes and Behaviour of Kiwis The second annual public attitudes and behaviour survey was conducted in April 2017. Drowning is perceived as a problem in New Zealand by 83 percent of survey respondents and ranks fifth behind child abuse, domestic violence, road safety, and bullying at school and the workplace. The results revealed that whil... Keep Reading
Waitangi Weekend Drowning Toll Reflects Growing Pressure on Water Safety Sector 14/02/2017 Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) says the deaths of four people in preventable drowning incidents over Waitangi weekend reflects the challenges faced by the water safety sector. There have now been 31 preventable fatal drowning incidents since December... Keep Reading