Preventable drowning toll down but rescue numbers continue to climb

 

New Zealand’s 2018 preventable drowning toll might be the second lowest in 20 years but Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) says there is no room for complacency. The provisional toll is down from 92 in 2017 to 68 in 2018. This is the second lowest total on record after 2010 with 64. WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills says while the number is encouraging... Keep Reading

 

The Great Outdoors and Safety Go Hand in Hand

 

The inaugural Get Outdoors Week (GO Week) led by the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) and Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is about encouraging families to get out and enjoy the great outdoors well prepared and informed. While concerns around safety may put some parents off heading out on an adventure, GO Week is about making sure people get the... Keep Reading

 

Renewed partnership celebrated at camp teaching water safety skills to Māori youth

 

A renewed partnership between Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) and Māori is being celebrated at a special event on the Whanganui River. WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills will join Māori water safety advocate and educator Rob Hewitt and Te Taitimu Trust founder Zack Makoare for a powhiri and water safety workshop. 130 Māori youth will also be given the... Keep Reading

 

Holiday Period Drowning Toll Stands at Four

 

Holiday Period Drowning Toll Stands at Four Figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable fatal drowning toll for the official holiday period (running from 4.00pm 24th December 2018 to 6.00am 3rd January 2019) is four. "This is half of last years’ toll for the same period and whilst encouraging, one prevent... Keep Reading

 

Wishing for a Drowning Free Christmas Period

 

Wishing for a Drowning Free Christmas Period As Kiwis head out in droves to enjoy New Zealand's beaches, rivers, lakes, swimming pools and other water spots this Christmas Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Coastguard and Water Safety New Zealand are urging people to think about water safety for themselves, friends and family. Water Safety New Ze... Keep Reading

 

Auckland Boaties Heading into a Perfect Storm

 

Soaring numbers of inexperienced boaties are heading out to sea in Auckland concerning water safety advocates. Research* shows a dramatic increase in the numbers of new boat trailer registrations and a high percentage of boaties on the water with fewer than five years experience.   WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills says the figures are a concern ... Keep Reading

 

Kiwis Continue to Underestimate Water Risks

 

Research by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) has revealed over a third of kiwis have experienced a serious situation in the water, and continue to underestimate the danger posed by our waterways. In WSNZ’s third annual Attitudes and Behaviour survey drowning is recognised as a problem by 84% o... Keep Reading

 

A new approach to reduce drownings in Bay of Plenty

 

A new approach to reduce drownings in Bay of Plenty A group of local community leaders brought together by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ)will meet tomorrow for the first time to set the vision for a new water safety strategy forthe Bay of Plenty. WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills says every region in New Zealand faces it’s own unique challengeswhe... Keep Reading

 

Safety agencies urge day trippers to be prepared

 

Safety agencies urge day trippers to be prepared The preventable drowning of an international student at Tauranga's Omanawa Falls has highlighted how New Zealand’s natural beauty can mask the danger that exists in our great outdoors. The death of 27 year old Kishore Kumar Aravindan is the 30th preventable drowning in New Zealand for 20... Keep Reading

 

Annual Funding Round Open for Water Safety Education and Research

 

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is looking to broaden the reach of Water Skills for Life and fund research to fill knowledge gaps on New Zealand’s drowning problem. WSNZ’s Investment Programme is now open to applications and the priorities for 2018/19 are the ongoing implementation of Water Skills for Life (WSFL) for children in Years 1 -... Keep Reading

 

Water Safety New Zealand Hoping for a Drowning Free Easter Weekend

 

Water Safety New Zealand Hoping for a Drowning Free Easter Weekend 29/03/2018 Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is calling on Kiwis to think about water safety this Easter. “Traditionally Easter is one of the last opportunities to take the boat out or head to our beaches, lakes and rivers before winter sets in” says CEO Jonty Mill... Keep Reading

 

Endurance Yacht Race makes water safety a priority

 

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is pleased with the focus placed on water safety by The 24-Hour Endurance Yacht Race taking place on Wellington Harbour on 3-4th March 2018. The race pushes competitors to extremes so Race Director Theo Muller from Lowry Bay Yacht Club says. Keep Reading

 

Rise in preventable deaths reflects growing pressure on water safety sector

 

In 2017 there were 88 recreational (intending to be in the water) and non-recreational (no intention of being in the water) preventable drowning fatalities. The following analysis of fatalities is based on these 88 incidents in 2017 which represent an increase of 10, or 13%, compared to 2016. Keep Reading

 

Partnership to improve water safety skills of Maori youth in Hawkes Bay

 

Keeping safe in the water is one of the life skills being taught at Te Taitimu Trust’s annual five-day Summer Camp in partnership with Ngati Pahauwera Development Trust and with support from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ). Keep Reading

 

Holiday period drowning toll stands at five

 

Figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable fatal drowning* toll for the official holiday period (running from 4.00pm 22nd December 2017 to 6.00am 3rd January 2018) is five Keep Reading

 
 

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