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Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy

Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy

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

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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”).

The Strategy is consistent with two key objectives of the Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020;

  • Communities take the lead to promote the safe enjoyment of local water, and;
  • The sector works together to maximize its collective effort.

Key priorities

After reviewing the Bay of Plenty’s preventable drowning data, hospitalisation data and working alongside local individuals and groups, seven key priority initiatives were identified;

  1. Full roll-out of the Water Skills For Life programme
  2. Valuing Māori water safety
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  1. Coastguard memberships and Coastguard Boating Education courses
  2. Sustained investment in both current and new water safety initiatives
  3. Stakeholder collaboration
  4. Male-specific water safety messages
  5. Deployment of internationally-recognised signage

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

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

Calendar of events for Water Safety Month 2020

For more information:

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David White

Regional Water Safety Strategy Manager

021 236 1301

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