WAI ORA TĀMAKI MAKAURAUAuckland's Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Strategy
The purpose of Wai Ora Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Strategy is to be informed by our communities to “set the direction” for the sector, so that all can progress towards the ultimate vision “no one drowns”. This acknowledges the challenge of our beautifully diverse region and a large number of separate entities and stakeholders involved in the sector. The Strategy will provide direction, encourage collaboration and ultimately strive for collective impact between all those involved in drowning prevention and water safety in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
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Ki te kotahi te kākaho, ka whati; ki te kāpuia, e kore e whati.
When we stand alone, we are vulnerable, but together we are unbreakable.
VISION | MOEMOEĀ
Kia whai waahi katoa ngā tāngata o Tāmaki Makaurau ki te noho haumaru ki te wai.
Everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland has the opportunity to safely connect to and enjoy the water.
MISSION | WHAKATAKANGA
Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland works collectively to instil respect for the water and encourage safe tikanga and behaviours by all people to prevent water related injuries and preventable drowning.
Ka kotahi mai a Tāmaki Makaurau i āna mahi ki te whakatō i te ngākau whakaute ki te wai, me te whakaaweawe i te pūmautanga o ngā tikanga me ngā whanonga e te katoa hei ārai atu i ngā tūroro ā-wai, toremitanga hoki.
PRINCIPLES | NGĀ MĀTĀPONO
Kua waihangatia ngā mātāpono o te rautaki e te hunga tūhono mahi ki te rautaki (ngā rōpū ā-hapori, ngā wāhi mahi, aha atu, aha atu).
Ki tā te tirohanga Māori, i ahu mai ngā mātāpono Māori katoa mai i ngā kōrero tuku iho e pā ana ki ngā Atua Māori. Ko ngā mātāpono ka ārahi i ngā whanonga katoa o te tangata.
According to a Māori worldview, all Māori principles can be attributed to the traditional narratives to do with the Māori Gods. These principles are what guide all human behaviours.
Guardianship | Kaitiakitanga
Quality | Kounga
Equity | Tōritenga
Partnership | Kōtuitanga
FOCUS AREAS | NGĀ ARONGA
People | Tāngata
“Ko au koe, ko koe au, ko tāua”
I am you, you are me, we are one.
Place | Wāhi
Tāmaki herenga waka whatua tangata
Tāmaki gathering place of waka, weaver of people
Activities | Kōkiritanga Mahi
“Mahia ngā mahi hei painga mō te iwi”
Do they work so that it may be meaningful for the people
VALUES | NGĀ WHANONGA PONO
Te Aroha | Kindness, Humility, Empathy
Te Whakapono | Honesty
Ngā Ture | Integrity, Humility
Kotahitanga | Courage, Selflessness
Outcomes and Impacts | Ngā Putanga me ngā Pānga
Collective Impact | Ngā Pānga Tūhonotanga
Better coordination and direction of the water safety effort in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
Kia pai ake ngā kawenga me ngā whakaritenga haumaru ā-wai ki roto o Tāmaki Makaurau.
- Position a regional leadership organisation
- Regional funders buy-in and support strategy
- Remove any duplication in delivery of drowning prevention education and water safety provision
- Highlight gaps of delivery leading to better targeted and efficient delivery
Behaviour Change | Ngā hurihuringa whanonga
Risky behaviours reduced – fewer drownings and water-related incidents.
Mā te hekenga iho o ngā tūraru whanonga, ka heke iho ngā toremitanga me ngā mate pūtata.
- The social and economic costs of drowning and water related injury and hospitalisations are minimised
Increased funding into Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland | Te whakapiki i te tahua pūtea ki Tāmaki Makaurau
Ensuring more funding is directed toward drowning prevention (and as a result more drowning prevention activity is undertaken).
He whai kia hāngai tika ngā pūtea ki te ārai toremi (ko te hua, ka kōkiritia ngā mahi āraitanga toremi).
- Increased reach of education programmes
- Bi-cultural partnership delivers positive outcomes
- Targeted groups receive relevant and effective information and support
Improved Service Delivery | Te whakapaipaitanga o ngā tutukitanga ratonga
Providing a clear roadmap of current service delivery, and where current or future needs exist (to guide the work of stakeholders and ensure delivery is aligned to priority areas).
He whakarato i tētahi mahere tutukitanga ratonga, me te tiro anō kei hea ngā hiahia o inamata, o anamata hoki.
- Understanding of current needs now and into the future
- Enhanced sustainability of core services currently relied upon and delivered in the sector
- Provide visibility of areas where multiple parties are delivering to same need unsuccessfully
- High demand issues currently uncatered for are identified
- Complement work in point 3 above with funding being prioritised to high need areas identified for continued, service delivery
Process Map – Implementation Phase
Jun 2023 onwards
Meet the Steering Group Members
Nicola Keen-Biggelaar - CE, Drowning Prevention Auckland
“What I am looking forward to the most, is all the participating organisations, and the wider sector, coming together to make the most of their expertise, boldly finding the opportunities to work together collegially and collectively, and getting beyond our individual goals to be led by what our communities need. As a region we are surrounded by water and I feel passionate about making sure every child and adult has access to the education they need to be competent and feel confident around water – whether they’re at the local pool, or at one of our many beautiful beaches and to know what the risks are and how to avoid them.”
Dave Lockwood - Outdoors Group Manager, YMCA
As outdoors group manager at YMCA north – Dave was nominated and voted in by the sector as a representative on the steering group.
Dave brings 35 years in the Not For Profit Sector, including senior management roles in Water Safety NZ, Counties Manukau Sport, NZ Sport Fishing Council and YMCA North. In his current role with YMCA North Dave leads the Outdoors and Fundraising teams.
Dave is committed to partnership programs that increases our reach into the community and deliver meaningful outcomes. “My role is to serve the community and enable and empower them,” says Dave, who was born and raised in the Counties Manukau region and has spent a good portion of his working life there.
Daniel Gerrard - CE, Water Safety New Zealand
Daniel Gerrard has extensive experience in the sector in leadership roles most recently as Head of Member Services at Surf Life Saving (Northern) and has previously held Chief Executive positions at Sport Auckland and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.
He’s spent over 12 years as Chair and board member of Canoe Racing NZ and Sportnet (Regional Sports Trusts Governing body) and was instrumental in developing and executing the Greater Auckland Aquatic Action plan (GAAAP).
Daniel has led the development and execution of organisational strategies for Virgin Active Thailand, Sport Auckland, Sport Gisborne and the Peter Snell Institute of Sport.
Daniel Gerrard says more Kiwis, especially kids, need access to lifelong participation in sport and recreation, especially in and around water.
“As Kiwis we love the water, in particular our spectacular and often wild coastlines and waterways. I am passionate about the safety of all Kiwis, especially when it comes to water and the important role it can play in personal growth. I’m excited about this opportunity to assist New Zealand’s Water Safety Sector in achieving its aspirational outcomes and bring down our drowning toll.”
Harley Wade - Ngāti Paoa, Senior Cultural Advisor
Harley is a Senior Cultural Advisor for the Ngāti Pāoa Iwi Trust and belongs to the Tainui confederation of tribes: Waikato, Maniapoto, Raukawa and Hauraki.
Harley belongs to Ngāti Pāoa and is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working across Mainstream, Bi-lingual and Total Immersion settings. He is also experienced with working in local Government and Iwi / Mana Whenua environmental spaces. He has strong interests in Creative Strategy, Cultural Awareness and Transformation, Cultural Resource Management, Strategic Planning and Partnerships.
Monique Maihi-Pihema - Ngāti Whātua Orākei, Kaiwhakahaere Hononga Tāngata | Engagement Manager
Monique is the Kaiwhakahaere Hononga Tangata / Stakeholder Relationships Manager for Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust. Monique was a previous board member of Drowning Prevention Auckland and supported the board in the development of the Māori Water Safety Mātāpono. Monique chairs the Ngāti Whātua Orākei Volcanoes Sports Club and waka ama has been a key component of the sports activities that we provide the descendants and community of Orākei to reconnect to Waitematā.
Dave Stewart - Head of Active Recreation, Auckland Council
Dave currently leads 800+ employees across Tāmaki Makaurau, and $50M+ of operating expenditure to deliver play, active recreation and sport outcomes. “With innovation, accountability, and equity at the heart of my approach, I ensure every dollar is used to its fullest potential.”
Dave has a passion for the water having grown up in Tāmaki Makaurau and spends every opportunity he can both in and on the water around the region.
Strategy Hui October 2021
Strategy Communications Downloads
Reference Group Documents
Reference Group Downloads
Local Board Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Snapshots
Local Board Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Snapshots Downloads
Save the dates
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
- 26 October