2016/17 Partnership Funding Decisions

WSNZ have now concluded the 2016-2017 partnership funding process. Attached for your information below is a link to a schedule of those organisations and programmes funded this year.

WSNZ is responsible for managing the distribution of funding for drowning prevention purposes from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Sport New Zealand, ACC and commercial partners. This financial year the funding available totalled $1,535,000, a decrease of $41,359 compared to 2015/16 funding levels.

This year WSNZ received 38 applications from 32 organisations totalling $2,822,637. There was an oversubscription to the funding programme of $1,287,637 (or 84%).

 All applications were rigorously assessed against the funding criteria outlined in the Funding Prospectus. This year the funding criteria were aligned with the goals of the New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020. Final funding decisions were made by the board of WSNZ and ratified by the Board of Sport New Zealand.

In determining the funding levels and the programmes supported, the Board of WSNZ focused on the drowning prevention interventions will deliver the most effective return on investment on the available funding.

The funding allocations resulted in 68% of funding being targeted at programmes for 5-13 year olds, 17% to programmes aimed at educating men especially in the area of boating, 12% targeting no drowning in under-fives, with a small investment of 3% towards innovation, research and value-added opportunities. We would have liked to have been in a position to support a number of other initiatives, however our reduced funding available meant we were unable to do so this year.

We appreciate that the needs of the sector are substantial and we remain committed to working with our funding partners to increase the overall pool available in future years, in order to provide greater levels of funding to those projects that are most effective, and to increase funding surety.

 The Board and management of WSNZ are confident that this year’s funded programmes will have high community impact and deliver an effective return on investment. We look forward to working with all of our members and partners, whether funded through this programme or otherwise, to reduce drowning and injury so that all New Zealanders can enjoy the water safely.

As always please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions, or would like to discuss the funding programme further.


Jonty Mills

Chief Executive

For the WSNZ Partnership Funding Schedule 2016-2017 click here