To Maori water is an essential ingredient to life both physically and spiritually. It is considered a treasure or taonga left by their ancestors for the life sustaining use of their descendants. For Maori their relationship with the water is very important.
This affinity with water sadly charges a high price on Maori communities. Maori make up approximately 15% of New Zealand’s population, yet tragically they have accounted for 22% of all drowning over the last 5 years.
New Zealand Post have partnered with WSNZ in the delivery a specific Maori Water Safety initiative. Together we are committed to making a positive difference to the Maori drowning toll.
The Kia Maanu, Kia Ora! (Stay Afloat Stay Alive) campaign has a central focus on youth and providing Maori with the skills to educate Whanau, Iwi and members of the Maori community on staying safe while enjoying their traditional and cultural links with the water. Events, awareness campaigns, resources and teaching programmes, are all being employed to reach, influence, educate and empower Maori through the partnership.
To activate the Kia Maanu Kia Ora campaign a number of regional water safety events and workshops for Maori are now being delivered by WSNZ.
1. Kia Maanu, Kia Ora
Stay Afloat, Stay Alive
2. Me ako koe ki te kauhoe
Learn to swim and survive
3. Tiakina nga tamariki ki te taha wai i nga wa katoa
Always supervise children near water – ALWAYS!
4. Manaakitia te mana o te wai
Respect the power of water
5. Kia mataara ki nga tinihanga o te rangi, o te hau, o nga tai ranei
Be alert for changes in the weather, the wind, and the tides
6. Whakamaua nga kakahu toiora ma runga waka
Always wear a lifejacket
7. Kaua rawa e hi ika, e kohi kaimoana ana mehemea ko koe anake
Never fish or gather shellfish alone
8. Kia tika ake nga taputapu wai
Always use appropriate water safety equipment
9. Kaua rawa e kaukau ina ko koe anake
Never go swimming alone
10. Whakarongo ki nga tohutohu a nga kaitiaki
Listen to the advice of lifeguards and locals