Many practitioners across the country can and are delivering Māori water safety initiatives and programmes that seek to address Māori over representation in preventable drowning and injury statistics.
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 Māori has evolved over time. Current Kia Maanu Kia Ora WSNZ funded water safety programmes area:
Water Skills for Life aquatic education delivered to school children in the Waikato by Te Ripo Tapui, led by Mark Haimona.
Rangatahi Māori aged 15 - 24 years participating in water safety training workshops delivered by Te Ripo Tapui, led by Mark Haimona.
He Waka Eke Noa delivered by Zac Makoare of Te Taitimu Trust.