Drowning Prevention Auckland was formed in 1994 with a vision of an Auckland free from drowning achieved through the development of our water competence and changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.
Our connection with wai (water) is because we have some of the most beautiful water environments in Tāmaki Makaurau. We have the Waitemāta, Manukau, and Kaipara harbours; 411 km of rivers; 128 km of lake edge; and 3700 km of coastlines.
Wai is the source of life, but it can also be the cause of death through drowning. We need to respect and understand wai. Drowning Prevention education, research, and advocacy is paramount for Tāmaki Makaurau’s wellbeing and safety in, on and around water environments.
Our approach is across three channels of engagement and delivery – where we live (community), where we work (workplace), and where we learn (education). Through a range of innovative, evaluated and enjoyable learning opportunities we help individuals, families, communities and workplaces to be safe from drowning.
MĀTĀPONO MĀORI WAI HAUMARU
(MĀORI WATER SAFETY GUIDING PRINCIPLES)
2022 Spring Forum Overview
In September our Spring Forum brought together sector leaders, research, and industry experts to share and discuss some of the key findings arising from PRE research and related water safety projects. Dr Kevin Moran, DPA set the scene around the problems and practices...
Grief and healing the focus of World Drowning Prevention Day, with dawn memorial planned for Tāmaki Makaurau
MEDIA RELEASE | 21 July 2022 A very special commemoration to honour those who have lost their lives to drowning is planned for Monday 25 July 2022. This event held at St Mary’s Bay, Tāmaki Makaurau, will provide healing for people who are grieving the loss of a...
Lifejacket Use and Maintenance
Calling Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland home means living in a city surrounded by many beautiful water environments. Recreational activities on or near the water are common, everywhere from our lakes and rivers, to our harbours and rugged west coast beaches. Along with the...