Statistics

Statistics

New Zealand is still in the unenviable position of having one of the higher drowning rates (*2.0) per capita in the OECD, approximately twice that of Australia. On this page we touch on some key statistics for New Zealand as a whole, with more specific regional data for the Auckland Region.

This data is sourced from DrownBase, managed by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ). The later data is provisional, due to availability of police / coroner’s reports.

2019 Provisional Auckland Region Preventable Drowning Fatalities
  • Total: 18
  • Gender: Male = 14; Female = 4
  • Age: 0-4 = 1; 5-14 = 0; 15-24 = 3; 25-34 = 4; 35-44 = 2; 45-54 = 1; 55-64 = 4; 65+ = 3
  • Ethnicity: Asian = 7; Maori = 0; NZ European = 5; Pacific Peoples = 4; Unknown = 1; Other = 1
  • Activity: Swimming = 5; Angling = 4; Underwater = 2 ( Scuba = 1 Snorkelling = 1); Board Riding = 1; SUP = 1; Boating = 2 (Under 4m = 1, Over 4m = 1); Accidental Immersion = 1; Rescuing Others = 1
  • Environment: Beaches = 7; Home pools = 2; Offshore = 1; Public pools = 1; Rivers = 2; Estuary = 2; Harbour = 2; River/Harbour Bar = 1
2015 – 2019 Preventable Drowning Fatalities