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Media Centre

A regularly updated list of Water Safety New Zealand media releases and reports. 

For all media enquiries, contact Senior Communications and Media Advisor, Ben Christie on 021 770 285.

 
 
 
 

Under-five drownings

20 years of data shows home Under Fives drowning deaths reducing. Twenty years ago, in 2000, the average rate for Under Fives drowning was 12 children per year. Of these, there were an average of eight (67%) who drowned around the home environment which includes baths, pools, buckets and other vessels. In 2019, the average rate for Under Five drownings was four per year, of which two (50%) occurred in the home environment. 

 
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