October 29, 2019
Water safety ideas shared at hui
Māori are in the spotlight at a hui in Manukau today where Water Safety New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Corporation will discuss what’s being delivered from their new $1 million Kia Maanu Kia Ora programme.
Water Safety chief executive Jonty Mills says a new approach was needed to tackle the over-representation of Māori in drowning statistics, which means culturally appropriate interventions created and delivered by Māori.
Māori account for over 20 percent of all preventable and non-preventable drowning fatalities, despite comprising only 15 percent of the nation’s population.
Speakers at the hui include Zack Makoare from Te Taitimu Trust, which will promote Kia Maanu, Kia Ora water safety messages on marae and to Māori communities.
Trust programmes include Ngā Mokopuna, a 10-day water safety road trip to the South Island next January 2020 for 125 rangatahi, and Our Way of Life, a pilot water skills programme for parents of tamariki attending kohanga reo in Flaxmere.
Other funded initiatives include Māori surf lifesaving clubs, waka ama, dive safety and wananga on safe practices when collecting kaimoana.
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