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Kids Will Drown If Proposed Pool Fencing Laws Change

Water Safety New Zealand will present at the Select Committee Hearing into the repeal of the Fencing of Swimming Pool’s Act this morning (Monday) and the organisation’s message will be simple: More children will drown if the changes go ahead. Water Safety New Zealand Chair Danny Tuato’o says his organisation, along with the wider sector, […]

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High Drowning Toll For 2015

Preliminary drowning toll figures released today show 23 more people died in New Zealand waters last year than in 2014, taking the 2015 drowning toll to 113 – a 26% increase on 2014’s deaths, and well above the five-year average of 103. Waikato has the highest toll in the country with 18 deaths, followed by […]

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Water Safety Leaders Hope for Better Holiday

Seven people will lose their lives to drowning between 4pm today (Christmas Eve) and the end of the official Christmas holiday period (6am on 5 January) if the average drowning toll for the past five years is anything to go by. 93 people have already drowned this year – three more than last year’s total […]

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Water Safety Campaign Urges Kiwis to Stop & Think

A new campaign, launched today, is calling on all New Zealanders to stop and think about water safety in a bid to reduce New Zealand’s high drowning toll – and the millions of dollars spent on preventable deaths by drowning. This year to date, 90 people have already lost their lives to drowning – the […]

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Public has say on proposed pool fencing changes

Water safety leaders are calling on New Zealand’s public to take an active interest in the proposed repeal of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987, amidst fears that if the changes go ahead more pre-schoolers will drown. Water Safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge says his organisation, along with the wider sector, is hugely […]

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Wharf jump to launch Safer Boating Week

Remembering 27 boaties who died in 2014 Safer Boating Week begins on a serious note this Friday, remembering boaties who died. Last year 27 people died in recreational boating accidents, and another 16 have died so far this year. “Compounding these tragedies is that two-thirds of the people are likely to have survived if they […]

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Water Safety Sector Announces New Targets

Water safety organisations have joined together to develop a collaborative plan to address New Zealand’s high drowning toll – setting ambitious new targets in the process. The Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020, put together by key water safety agencies and launched this afternoon, aims to halve preventable male drownings and bring the number of preschoolers […]

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Garnier Help Keep School Pools Afloat

Water Safety New Zealand’s (WSNZ) campaign to save New Zealand’s school pools from closing has received a major boost thanks to global beauty brand Garnier. Up to six school pools will remain open this summer thanks to the partnership with Garnier – which includes an initial cash contribution from its sun protection brand Ambre Solaire. […]

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Lauren Boyle To Help Keep School Pools Open

World Champion silver medalist and two-time Olympian, Lauren Boyle is lending her support to a campaign to keep New Zealand’s school pools open. Ms Boyle – who recently became the only New Zealand swimmer to have won five world championship medals – has joined Water Safety New Zealand as an ambassador, in a bid to […]

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Half-year drownings up thirty percent

Preliminary drowning figures show 61 people have drowned in New Zealand waters so far this year, up a third on the same time last year (46) and the highest year to date toll since 2011. Water Safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge says the high number of drownings in January – 21, compared to ten […]

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