To lead a step change in New Zealand so people don’t drown
Through leadership, advocacy and education, Water Safety New Zealand works with water safety sector organisations, individuals and the public to reduce the incidence of drowning and injury in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Wai Ora Aotearoa
Wai Ora Aotearoa the New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2025 represents the sector’s collective approach to saving lives.
94 lives lost to drowning in 2022. The most drowning deaths in a decade.
This 2022 total of 94 drowning deaths represents the largest annual drowning loss of life in the past decade. Tragically 15% higher than the 10 year average.
Just Wear It to save lives on the water this summer
In response to an increasing number of preventable drownings on watercraft in New Zealand, Coastguard and Water Safety New Zealand are pleading with Kiwis to wear lifejackets while on the water this summer.
90 preventable drownings, marking a concerning 10% increase over the 10-year average (82), and only a marginal reduction (4) from 2022's 94 preventable drownings. 83% were male and 58% were over the age of 45.
Drowning Crisis Unveiled: WSNZ's 2023 Data Shows Devastating Trend in Water Safety
Predictive Modelling Warns: Worst Year for Drowning this Century.
Water Safety New Zealand Highlights Grim Forecast as Water Safety Awareness Month Begins
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Our work contributes to the reduction in drownings and to a thriving society for individuals, families and communities.
Water Skills for Life
Water Skills for Life is the national standard for aquatic education in New Zealand primary schools. It is linked into the national education curriculum and gives children the skills and knowledge they need to assess risks and make smart decisions around water.
Kia Maanu Kia Ora
Wai is central to Māori identity, health and wellbeing and is considered a taonga (treasure). Kia Maana Kia Ora is all about water safety skills training and information.