Promoting the Aquatic Employment Pathway

Promoting the Aquatic Employment Pathway

Unleash your potential… ride the waves of employment with us!

The DPA team was amongst the thousands at the ASB PolyFest over the past week, playing a support role for the Wai ora Tāmaki Makaurau promotional booth, addressing the employment journeys within the aquatic sector. The message was: “Unleash your potential… ride the waves of employment with us!

Over the past ten years, one third of those who drown in our Auckland region are Māori and Pacific young people yet very few Māori or Pacific peoples are employed in the aquatic sector, limiting the design, direction, and delivery of successful water safety initiatives.

Using a basketball activity with the primary message displayed on the backboard, and a booth highlighting career pathways, QR quotes for further information, and a collection of safety items displayed (see photos), this message was shared with youth and whānau over the four days.

Youth touch points: It was estimated over 900 youth and whānau were engaged per day (based on the average of 1 successful shooter to 5 non-successful shooters) totalling approximately 3,600 youth and family members.

Networking touch points: Seven co-exhibitors showed interest in discussing future partnerships to support youth and employment opportunities.

WOTM Stakeholder engagement: Financial contributions were received from DPA, Surf Life Saving NZ (SLSNZ) and Fyfod; Prize pack contributions from Swimsation, SLSNZ, CLM, Auckland Council, Vector Wero and Maritime NZ; and people power contributions for the booth roster included: DPA, Auckland Council, Coastguard Boating Education, SLSN, SafeKids, and MassSport.

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Realising Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau

Realising Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland’s Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Strategy
What are the top priorities?

A year and a half on from the first sector hui for Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland’s Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Strategy, we bring you an update of what’s been happening recently. We look at what’s involved in the implementation phase and to the future.

What’s been happening?

It has been a busy two months with 33 stakeholder groups meeting on a one-to-one basis, to build relationships and uncover stakeholder perspectives of the strategy and future direction. Amongst the challenges and we found an overarching will to collaborate to ensure effectiveness and efficiency going forward.

The Steering Group meeting, held on the 21 March, endorsed the direction of the Strategy implementation work for the next five months, and this was reaffirmed by the Reference Group meeting held on the 23 March. Attendees voiced support for the four strategic strands and identified priority implementation initiatives for the short-term focus.

Six Priorities

The feedback provided clear direction on the priorities, with agreement on how to proceed in the short term, as follows:

  • Advocate through collective submissions
  • Refresh the Integrated Aquatic Programme (IAP)
  • Create team to craft generic messages designed to be overarching but unpack to sector specific messages.
  • Create team to seek existing communication networks and provide coordination/connection for the sector.
  • Create an independent WOTM fund holder and secretariat.
  • Expand members of Reference Group to improve capacity.
What’s next?

The first working group has been established to focus on the Integrated Aquatic Programme (IAP) – tasked to refresh, extend, and create an interactive resource for the benefit of the wider community.

Regular sector engagement will continue through weekly emails, face-to-face meetings, and the creation of specific working groups.
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The inclusion of additional organisations beyond the wet sector is proposed for the future to support capacity and advocacy.

Look out for updates on the next working groups as the team continue sector engagement meetings and activities to progress these 6 priorities.

Save the dates
Working Group 1 Meeting

13 April, 8am – 9.30am @ DPA
Integrated Aquatic Programme

Meeting dates for additional working groups will be added in due course. It is envisaged organisations with specific interest of expertise will join respective working groups but is optional.

Reference Group Meetings

8am – 10am @ DPA

  • 27 April
  • 27 July
  • 21 September
  • October – pending
Want to know more?

There’s more information about Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Strategy over on the dedicated webpage. Click the button to learn more.

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