Water Safety New Zealand is pleased to be investing in locally driven drowning prevention initiatives in Auckland with a focus on primary school aquatic education and water safety programmes in line with the Auckland Regional Water Safety Strategy. Keep Reading
A regular update of news and articles from the media across New Zealand relating to water safety, education and rescues.
Volunteer Surf Lifeguards are reminding beach goers to check their equipment before getting in or on the water this summer. Keep Reading
Some of Niue’s youngest citizens will be the focus of a new community education initiative being delivered through the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme (PMSP). Keep Reading
On average Māori account for over 20 percent of all preventable and non-preventable drowning fatalities, despite comprising only 15 percent of the nation’s... Keep Reading
A Māori water safety campaigner says common sense and preparation can keep a lot of whānau safer around water. Keep Reading
No surf rescues took place over Labour weekend on Waikato beaches. Keep Reading
Lifeguards have already rescued a group of surfers who were caught in a rip at Raglan, as the new surf season gets underway. Keep Reading
Rob Hewitt spent 75 hours at sea. He survived and now shares his story to help others Keep Reading
Swimmer pulled from water "blue from head to toe" sparks warning as swimming season approaches. Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand is set to continue its bathmat project with Plunket, in which bathmats are delivered to the homes of newborn babies. Keep Reading
Former navy diver Rob Hewitt, who once survived 75 hours alone at sea, last week strongly endorsed a University of Otago research programme which... Keep Reading
A new report shows Wanganui Surf Lifesaving club's awareness campaign seems to be working. Keep Reading
Older people are at a higher risk of drowning and under-estimate the dangers around water. Keep Reading
A recent spike in small boat fatalities in Otago-Southland and the West Coast is a ''tragedy'' and lessons must be learned, Queenstown-Lakes... Keep Reading
Calls for Kiwis to be less complacent when it comes to water safety - 01-Jun-2019 - NZ Accident and Emergency news
Calls for Kiwis to be less complacent when it comes to water safety Keep Reading
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Weekly Drowning Report
New Zealand has one of the highest fatal drowning rates in the OECD. In 2017 there were 92 preventable deaths, all entirely preventable. 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.
In 2017, seven under-fives fatally drowned in New Zealand. A further 26 little people were hospitalised for at least 24 hours as a result of drowning related incidents. Of the seven preventable fatalities, five were in home pools. In 2018, this number has reduced to three fatalities thankfully, but three lives too many and three families shattered by a tragedy.