Land Based Fishing

From 2015 – 2019, 32 fishers lost their lives and 8 of these were in Auckland.

Rock Fishing


The West Coast Rock-based fishing project has seen a decline of drowning while fishing off Auckland’s west coast. Read the 2020 Rock Fishing Report.


Net Fishing


Nationally, Pasifika are overrepresented in the drowning statistics with the ethnic group making up 9% of New Zealand’s drowning statistics over a five-year period (2013-2017) whilst only accounting for 7% of New Zealand’s population. In the Auckland region, Pacific people account for 13% of the population, and are again over-represented making up 29% of Auckland’s drownings from 2013-2017.

Crab Fishing

Over the last four years three Asian men have drowned crab fishing in Northland beaches making it one of the highest, at-risk for drowning activities for the Asian community. One fifth (20%) of all New Zealand drownings from 2012 – 2016 were categorised as Asian or ‘Other’ (not NZ European, Maori or Pasifika). In Auckland that percentage rose to 34%, a relatively high proportion of drowning, therefore requiring interventions focused on drowning prevention.


Harry Aonga
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