Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020
The water safety sector is made up of organisations and individuals with a primary focus that Kiwis, new New Zealanders and visitors to Aotearoa, New Zealand, safely have good experiences in, on or around water. Together we are delivering programmes, services and initiatives to make
Water Safety New Zealand's role is to provide leadership, advocacy, policy development and funding to the sector to create a thriving society for individuals, families and communities.
Our guiding star is the Water Safety Sector 2020 strategy which has set our course since 2015 and continues to keep us focused on our mission.
The New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020 sets bold targets for a reduction in drownings, particularly for male drownings and those aged under five, and all hospitalisations.
Progress towards 2020 Targets
Preventable Drowning Fatalities (2020 Target: Reduced to 50 or less)
Annual preventable drowning fatalities have been reducing since 2000. To reach the reduction target the rate at which the preventable drownings have been reducing (by about one person per year) needs to accelerate.
Hospitalisations. 2020 Target: Reduced to 100 or less
The drowning hospitalisation rate has been increasing by about 12 people a year since 2003. To reach the reduction target the rate of growth in hospitalisations has to be firstly
Male Fatalities. 2020 Target: Fatalities reduced to 33 or less
The number of preventable male drowning deaths has been reducing since 2000, but not at the same rate as overall preventable drownings. To reach the reduction target a step change in male behaviour around water is needed.
Preschool Fatalities. 2020 Target: Reduced to zero
Since 2000 a consistent reduction in preventable drowning fatalities of pre-school children has occurred. To reach the reduction target the progress needs to be maintained, as well as launching initiatives that target