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A regular update of news and articles from the media across New Zealand relating to water safety, education and rescues.


Weekly Drowning Report

Live Statistics



New Zealand has one of the highest fatal drowning rates in the OECD. The 2019 provisional annual fatal drowning report indicates there were 82 preventable deaths. Each one leaves families and communities devastated.

Our drowning toll is something every New Zealander should see as a national disgrace and one we all have a responsibility to address.


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. 


Water safety ambassador for toddlers and babies, Ameliaranne Ekenasio

Learn more about keeping babies and toddlers safe around water
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