Strategies

Drowning Prevention Auckland Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025

Strategic Aims

These are the six strategic aims of Drowning Prevention Auckland.

1: EDUCATION

To be the lead agency in providing quality, evidence-based drowning prevention education in the Auckland region.

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1.1: By sharing expertise and best practice, be the lead agency for drowning prevention education in the Auckland region.
1.2: Demonstrate excellence in professional learning and development that meets relevant standards across the formal education, workplace and community development sectors.
1.3: Ensure quality educational programmes that are adaptive through research-informed evaluations utilising current best practice.
1.4: Champion a teach-the-teacher model to more effectively resource the education sector in drowning prevention educational practice.
1.5: Champion the train-the-trainer model to increase the breadth and depth of drowning prevention education within the Auckland community sector.
1.6: Focus our efforts on the evidenced areas of need where there are gaps in delivery such as Māori, Pacific, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, secondary-aged young people and adults.
1.7: Continuing to develop, maintain and update innovative learning approaches such as the eLearning platform.
1.8: Develop and update educational resources to remove barriers to access as well as emphasising our teach-the-teacher approach.

2: RESEARCH

To utilise our research to inform the development and delivery of our drowning prevention work.

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1.1: By sharing expertise and best practice, be the lead agency for drowning prevention education in the Auckland region.
1.2: Demonstrate excellence in professional learning and development that meets relevant standards across the formal education, workplace and community development sectors.
1.3: Ensure quality educational programmes that are adaptive through research-informed evaluations utilising current best practice.
1.4: Champion a teach-the-teacher model to more effectively resource the education sector in drowning prevention educational practice.
1.5: Champion the train-the-trainer model to increase the breadth and depth of drowning prevention education within the Auckland community sector.
1.6: Focus our efforts on the evidenced areas of need where there are gaps in delivery such as Māori, Pacific, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, secondary-aged young people and adults.
1.7: Continuing to develop, maintain and update innovative learning approaches such as the eLearning platform.
1.8: Develop and update educational resources to remove barriers to access as well as emphasising our teach-the-teacher approach.

3: ADVOCACY

To champion drowning prevention education and policy development.

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3.1: Raise the profile of Drowning Prevention Auckland in the Auckland region.
3.2: Through effective storytelling, advocate for an improvement in knowledge, attitudes and ultimately behaviours around water environments in the Auckland region.
3.3: Utilise lifejacket hubs to grow water safety awareness and safe behaviours around water environments in the Auckland region.
3.4: Narrow our focus for drowning prevention messaging in order that they are simple and relevant for Auckland-based water environments.
3.5: Create water safety champions within the Auckland community to grow water competence and expand the reach of our drowning prevention education.
3.6: Promote research-informed initiatives in drowning prevention.

4: PARTNERSHIPS

Our partnerships are strong, collaborative and synergistic and are maximised to strengthen positive collective impact for drowning prevention.

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4.1: Engagement with members and water safety sector partners to collaborate and contribute to regional drowning prevention strategies.
4.2: Actively nurture and develop the special relationship with Auckland based iwi and Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
4.3: Work closely with Māori, Pacific and culturally and linguistically diverse communities to co-create effective and meaningful drowning prevention education programmes.
4.4: Partner with synergistic organisations (government and non-government) to champion drowning prevention within the Auckland region.
4.5: Grow trust in DPA in order that we are known as being reliable, excellent practitioners and leaders in drowning prevention.
4.6: Nurture relationship with key funders and supporters, particularly Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, with a focus on partnering together for the reduction of drowning in the Auckland region.

5: SUSTAINABILITY

To be financially sustainable with strong leadership to ensure long-term impact in drowning prevention.

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5.1: Ensure financial sustainability through robust financial management and planning.
5.2: Maximise and grow funding from all available sources including education, community and the workplace.
5.3: Lead by example through best-practice governance and management in order that we are fit for purpose, innovative, resilient and adaptive to changing environments.
5.4: Retain registered teachers in the workforce to inform our educational approach.
5.5: Actively diversify our funding stream to future-proof the organisation.
5.6: To be an employer of choice through great leadership, lived values, being a supporter and contributor to learning and demonstrating a deep commitment to the cause of drowning prevention.
5.7: Ensure relevancy for Auckland given our main funding source is the Auckland ratepayers.
5.8: Act sustainably in our work processes and delivery to support the protection of Auckland’s water environments.

6: REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

To lead on regional initiatives that improve drowning prevention knowledge for all Aucklanders.

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6.1: Coordinate and lead drowning prevention initiatives that are meaningful and relevant for Auckland water environments.
6.2: Work in partnership with Water Safety New Zealand to support and drive our collective goals for drowning prevention within Auckland.
6.3: Represent the Auckland Regional Drowning Prevention Strategy both regionally and nationally.
Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Strategy

We’re working together with Water Safety New Zealand, sector partners and the community to develop and implement a coordinated strategy for water safety and drowning prevention in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Click the button to find out more.

Wai ora Aotearoa: Navigating to a safer future.  New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2025

Drowning Prevention Auckland is pleased to be one of the ten organisations that have helped develop the national water safety sector strategy. We are pleased to be committed to working together for common goals that create greater impact and efficiency so that we can address Aotearoa, New Zealand’s drowning statistics and collectively work to bring them down so that everyone connects to and enjoys the water safely. This strategy is our sector’s collective approach and our leadership of Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau will be Auckland’s committed contribution to achieving the Wai ora Aotearoa goals and outcomes. For more information about this strategy click the button below.