At the end of March one of our Aquatic Educators, Leilani Fuemana, presented at the Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase for 2021. Drowning prevention was a key focus of the showcase.

Leilani talked to participants about Drowning Prevention Auckland’s work in ‘Engaging Newly Settled New Zealanders in Water Safety’. Leilani was one of four presenters who showcased in the drowning factors session. Other presenters represented: Surf Lifesaving Australia, Royal Life Saving Society and Water Safe New Zealand.

To engage with newly settled New Zealanders we use the three guiding principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Partnerships, Participation and Protection. Engaging newly settled New Zealanders in water safety is a high priority for us. We know that Tāmaki Makaurau is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities with over a quarter of residents (28%) identifying with one or more Asian ethnic groups. The issue we face is that over a quarter (27%) of Tāmaki Makaurau’s preventable drownings from 2015-2019 identify as Asian or Other. 

Click below to watch Leilani as she shares about the ‘Gender Specific Water Competence Programme’ that was created for women that contributes to reducing this disparity while giving all woman an opportunity to learn how to become more water competent.