November 29, 2020
Maori prominent in drowning stats
Almost one in four New Zealanders who go missing off the coast are Māori, according to a major study of drowning fatalities.
University of Auckland researcher Dr Jonathon Webber says men make up 92 per cent of drowning victims, with the median age 41.9 years.
Māori at 24 per cent and Pasifika at 19 per cent were over-represented compared with their share of the population.
Dr Webber says the study of Water Safety New Zealand confirms that high-risk groups are males, adults boating, young people swimming and Asian, Māori and Pasifika people fishing.
96 per cent of missing people recovered weren’t wearing a lifejacket when their bodies were recovered.
About 9 per cent of missing people weren’t located, and in another 6 per cent of cases, the outcome wasn’t reported.
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