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Urgent Call to Action: Community Meeting to Tackle Drowning Crisis on Auckland's West Coast

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

Urgent Call to Action: Community Meeting to Tackle Drowning Crisis on Auckland's West Coast


Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) invites the West Auckland community to an urgent public meeting in response to the distressing series of drowning fatalities on Auckland's West Coast. This critical meeting is set to address the frequent heart-wrenching incidents, including two recent drownings, alongside last summer's tragedies.

“So far in 2023, there have been 5 drowning fatalities on Auckland’s West Coast, nearly double the 10-year average. A total of 37 people have drowned here over the last 10 years. That’s nearly 25% of all Auckland drownings”, states Daniel Gerrard, WSNZ CEO.
“The data also tells us that, unsurprising, 60% of Auckland fatalities occur over the next three warmer months. So now is the time for action”.

WSNZ acknowledge the significant efforts made by various organisations over the years to combat this issue. Despite these committed efforts, the community continues to mourn the needless loss of lives.

We implore community leaders, local residents, and all concerned citizens to join us. Your voice is crucial in shaping effective, community-driven solutions. Let's unite to turn the tide against this urgent crisis.


Date and Time: 7pm, Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Venue: Sport Waitakere; Corner Don Buck Rd & Westgate Dr (Old Massey Library)


With a new, targeted approach powered by advanced data capabilities, WSNZ is now better equipped to identify and prioritise local drowning “hotspots”. This technological advancement imposes a moral obligation on us to share this crucial intelligence with the community. Therefore, this meeting is not just a discussion – it's a call to action.

WSNZ seeks to collaborate with local communities, listen to their insights, and support initiatives that directly address this wicked problem, focusing particularly on these identified hotspots.

Join us in this important conversation and help us devise practical, community-based responses to this ongoing crisis.

Please RSVP using the form below:



Contact: Daniel Gerrard

Chief Executive Officer

Water Safety New Zealand


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