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Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy

Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy

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Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy

Our mission is to work collectively to prevent drowning and injury by
fostering a greater understanding of, and respect for, water

Over an 18-month period, Water Safety New Zealand worked with a wide range of individuals and groups across the Bay of Plenty to develop the Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy (“The Strategy”).

Key priorities

The Water Safety Bay of Plenty governance, together with sector stakeholders, reviewed the strategy in January 2021 to ensure it accurately reflects the latest trends and priority areas in accordance with the updated preventable drowning statistics provided by DrownBase. As a result, the new priority actions for the next 12 months are:

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  1. Water Skills For Life roll-out of two pilot programmes
  2. Messaging and signage
  3. Stakeholder collaboration
  4. Boating and watercraft education

Note: due to the ever-changing trends observed in the preventable drowning and hospitalisation data, the strategy will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Regional Water Safety Strategy Manager

A strategy manager, Dave White, was employed September 2019 to implement The Strategy. Dave is responsible for coordinating, facilitating and reviewing the delivery of water safety programmes and initiatives according to The Strategy’s priority actions.

  • Dave sits under the Sport Bay of Plenty umbrella and reports to a Water Safety Bay of Plenty governance group consisting of;
  • Shirley Baker (Chair)

Lee Colquhoun (Te Puna Ora o Mataatua)

  • Chris Emmett (Surf Lifesaving NZ)
  • Antoni Lowe (Water Safety Bay of Plenty)
  • Catherine McCulloch (Sport Bay of Plenty)
  • Kevin Winters (Councilor, Bay of Plenty Regional Council)

Due to ever changing trends, The Strategy was designed to be flexible and will be reviewed every November to reflect the up-to-date preventable drowning and hospitalization data provided by DrownBase – operated by Water Safety New Zealand.

Download the Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy

For more information:

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David White

Regional Water Safety Strategy Manager

021 236 1301

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