Commemorative Dawn Service

Drowning Prevention Auckland are pleased to invite you to our World Drowning Prevention Day dawn service – He Taonga Te Wai on 25 July.

We will gather at the Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Māngere. This is a place where ancestors travelled to the city to start a new life and here we will remember the tragic loss of life of our loved ones to drowning. The hāpori at Ngā Whare Waatea continue to watch over everyone who lives here and believe that every life should reach its full potential. A huge mihi to the Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA) for hosting us.

Please RSVP by 15 July and help us bring to light the impact of drowning in our communities, here in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, across Aotearoa New Zealand and to our loved ones overseas.

Event format:

6:50am – 7:00am – Arrival
7:00am – 7:45am – Pōwhiri and dawn service
7:45am – 8:15am – Sharing experiences and hope for the future
8:15 – 8:45am – Whakawhanaungatanga

Please join us singing a waiata during the service.


31 Calthorp Close, Favona, Auckland 2024
Parking is available in the car park and adjacent roads.
The event will take place both indoors and outdoors.

Ahakoa ko wai te tangata, ahakoa nō hea te tangata, ka waatea te marae mo te katoa.
No matter who you are, no matter where you are from, this marae is available for you



RSVP He Taonga Te Wai dawn event 25 July 2024

Please RSVP by completing this form before 15 July.

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