The 2017/18 Drowning Prevention Investment Programme is now open to applications.

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Being waterwise is smart

We are an island nation with some of the most magnificent waterways in the world. Our oceans, coasts, beaches, lakes and rivers help define us and reflect the people we have become. Water is life and in New Zealand, it’s our way of life, but it also takes life.

Our vision is all Kiwis, new New Zealanders and visitors having a safe experience in, on or around the waterways of Aotearoa, New Zealand. With a respect for the water and an awareness of the potential dangers to themselves and others, knowing how to prevent injury, preserve life and enjoy their water experiences.

 We're working with water safety sector organisations, individuals and the public to help deliver programmes, services and initiatives to make positive social change in New Zealand. Water Safety New Zealand's role is to provide leadership, advocacy, policy development and funding to the sector to create a thriving society for individuals, families and communities. 


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Drowning Toll

2016 Preventable Total (provisional): 80

This year as at 26 April 2017: 26
Same time last year: 35