Wai Puna is a theory of Maori water safety developed by Dr Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi), co-director of Te Koronga Indigenous Science Research Themes. Dr Phillips' work in this area culminated in her PhD entitled A Journey to Belonging: Explorations of Māori Perspectives of Water Safety which analysed Māori oral narratives such as pūrākau (creation stories), mōteatea (chants), karakia (incantations), whakataukī (proverbs) and pepeha (tribal aphorisms) to better understand water safety and drowning prevention from a Māori perspective and help reduce the high drowning rate of Māori in Aotearoa.
The ACC Kia Maanu Kia Ora (KMKO) water safety programme is a two year pilot (2019 - 2021), funded by ACC in collaboration with Water Safety New Zealand and Tangaroa Ara Rau. Its objective is to identify water safety programmes which are effective in strengthening Māori connection to wai and to help reduce Māori drownings.
The programme is using Dr Chanel Phillips’ Wai Puna water safety framework, in programme delivery and evaluation. Read about the kaupapa of Wai Puna here.
In 2019/20 eleven kaupapa Maori education and skills programmes were funded to deliver a wide range of water safety programmes targeting various demographics, regions and activities. This increased to 18 programmes in 2020/21.
Mana Moana Tiaki Dive Programme. Delivery that focuses on traditional tikanga related to kai gathering for marae events to participants in the Ngati Wai rohe in Northland. Read more
Te Ripo Tapui
Tuna Te Taniwha, for Te Kōhao Kōhungahunga and Whaingaroa Kohanga Reo kaiako, tamariki and whanau in Waikato.
Aotearoa Water Patrol
Water Safety in, on and around the water for rangatahi, 14 - 16 years old, from the Waikato region, and a broader programme for rangatahi and adults learning boating and power craft safety.
Te Arawa River Iwi Trust
Awa river skills for tamariki. Conducted during a five day awa expedition in January 2021.
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi
Haere pai atu, hoki pai mai. Delivery of wananga with key knowledge holders in the Mataatua rohe to bring together ancestral stories and water safety, safety messages through the medium of purakau, marae-based water-centric wananga at a range of Mataatua marae and iwi/community events in Mataatua.
Tuhoe Manawaru Tribal Authority
Water safety and river crossings safety. Delivery of kaumatua tikanga sessions, consultation sessions with whanau developing Kaiako / whanau professional development, Water Skills for life for Huiarau, Kura pounamu and kohanga Waka ama and safe drinking water huis.
Te Waiariki Purea Trust
Hinemoa water safety. Delivery of water safety skills programmes for tamariki in years 1 to 8 attending schools that are remote or close to potentially hazardous waterways and integration of water safety programmes into existing TWPT programmes reaching more students.
Ngati Porou SLC
Karakia a Paikea - A continuation and expansion of Ngāti Porou Surf Life Saving Club water safety work, including:
- Ongoing recruitment of community from Hicks Bay, Te Araroa, Ruatoria Tokomaru Bay and Kaiti, Gisborne
- Deliver and increase patrol support person awards
- Delivery of kaupapa Māori Surf Life Saving wananga to tamariki, rangatahi and adults in Tairawhiti/ Ngāti Porou East Coast region on swimming, waka ama, kaimoana gathering, Tu papa -Stand up paddling, Whakaheke ngaru - surfing and rescue boat (IRB) and crewperson training.
Birds Eye View Consultancy
Planting the Seed. Delivery of a kaupapa Māori swimming programme to year 1-6 students from Waikirikiri School in Kaiti.
Te Taitimu Trust
Our Way of Life. New kaupapa Māori programme delivering water safety to young parents of 2 - 4 years at a Kohanga Reo in Flaxmere.
Te Taitimu Trust
Nga mokopuna o nga tipuna. Ten day trip in January 2020, from Hawke's Bay to Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and return for tamariki and rangatahi learning pool and open water water safety including Water Skills for Life, snorkelling and beach safety.
Raukawa Moana Voyaging Trust
Dive Programme. Delivery to participants in Wellington, Kahungunga and Ngai Pahauwera including free diving, experienced scuba, PADI refresher, open water, advanced open water, and Day Skippers training at Marae and Kura, pool and open water scenarios.
Rangatahi Leadership Programme. Kia Maanu Kia Ora water safety presentation as part of a leadership programme for Māori and Pacific Island rangatahi and their matua.
Kaupapa Māori water safety training for parents of Under five year olds. Delivered through a parent pack, written in Te Reo, and delivered to parents through Kohango Reos in the Wellington region.
Whenua Iti Outdoors
Place based, natural water, water safety programmes for tamariki 5 - 13 years from Marlborough, Kaikoura, West Coast and Nelson-Tasman.
Relevant kaupapa Māori water safety articles
Water safety is a salient aspect of Waka Ama across clubs and competitions and Water Safety New Zealand is pleased to support Waka Ama and the whanau, to embed water safety and Kia Maanu Kia Ora within the community. These great short videos provide a wide range of safety information for the whanau and community when out on the wai on waka. Keep Reading
Waka Ama is more than a sport. It’s a way of life for thousands and the Waka Ama community is to many an extended family. The aroha is palpable when you attend a Waka Ama national event. Yes, the competition is fierce but the whānau spirit is stronger. And in 2019, Waka Ama celebrated 30 years of nationals. Congratulations. Keep Reading