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. Keep Reading
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.
- Waka Ama New Zealand water safety resources
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