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.
SPLASH Holiday Programme
Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau
World Drowning Prevention Day
Aquatic Education for Schools - PLD
MĀTĀPONO MĀORI WAI HAUMARU
(MĀORI WATER SAFETY GUIDING PRINCIPLES)
Manawa means heart in Te Reo Māori and “our heart” is what Manawa Harrison, 17, is to his friends and whānau. Manawa’s journey has not been an easy one. He was diagnosed at a young age with Autism, ADHD, SPD and mild Tourette Syndrome. He had trouble focusing in...
Adult drowning rates in New Zealand are increasing. Research has found that this is likely for a number of reasons: Lack of water safety practice Entrenched unsafe attitudes toward open water participation Underestimation of risks in aquatic activity Overly optimistic...
Drowning Prevention Auckland are pleased to invite you to our World Drowning Prevention Day dawn service - He Taonga Te Wai on 25 July. Supported by Te Ahiwaru Trust, the event acknowledges our close connection with water as we come together to remember the tragic...