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Help us reduce the incidence of preventable drowning in the Bay of Plenty

Reducing preventable drownings in the Bay of Plenty is a key objective of Water Safety New Zealand.

Download the Bay of Plenty Drowning Report here.

Water Safety New Zealand is currently facilitating the development of a Bay of Plenty regional water safety strategy.


Following the Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020 adopted by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ), a series of regional water safety strategies promoting a community led focused effort is underway to reduce (and eventually eliminate) preventable drowning incidents in New Zealand.

The Bay of Plenty Strategy will:

  • promote approaches to water safety that are most suitable to local communities in the Bay of Plenty.
  • encourage new, innovative ideas and future planning
  • encourage cooperative, collaborative and community led actions that are sustainable at local and regional level.

WSNZ will look to the Bay of Plenty water safety strategy to guide its facilitation, assistance, support and funding of local efforts and actions in reducing preventable drowning.

We seek to identify what needs to be addressed at all levels:

Individual - what actions can be taken to support individuals to reduce potential drownings?

Whanau/family - What actions will help whanau/family support and protect each other to help reduce potential drownings?

Community - What actions and public infrastructure might be needed to help reduce the potential of drowning within our local communities?

The Process



Governance group leading the Bay of Plenty Strategy

Cr Kevin Winter - BOP Regional Council

Mark Hemmingway - NZ Sport Fishing Council Board Member

Shirley Baker - BOP Board Member

Jonty Mills - WSNZ CEO

Reon Tuanau - Te Runanga o Ngai te Rangi Iwi Trust

Chris Emmett - Surf Life Saving Regional Manager - Easter Region


If you are interested in learning more about the BOP Water Safety Strategic Initiative contact Jim Datson on or phone 0274 905 252.

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