May 13, 2013
Pool used to teach water safety to kura kids
Water Safety New Zealand hopes a portable pool can help cut the number of young Māori drowning.
Māori Project Manager Cory Sweeney said on average 38 percent of those who drown each year are Māori, even though Māori only make up 17 per cent of the total New Zealand population.
The 10 metre by 5 metre pool, which is run in partnership with New Zealand Post’s Active Post, is used to teach water survival skills to young rural-based Māori.
It is currently at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ō Te Kura Kokiri in Welcome Bay, where it is being used by the school’s 80 pupils as well as those from two other nearby kura.
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