Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Drowning Season About To Commence?

Drowning Season About To Commence?

The run into this summers annual drowning toll is well on the way. With large numbers flocking back to the boat and onto the water for a number of reasons, November recorded 10 drownings for the month. On a positive note, the low drownings for 2004 are continuing, with the current calendar year to the end of November 2004 recording 98 drownings compared with the average of 120 over the past 10 years.

Despite the lower drownings there are some prominent trends emerging through 2004, evidenced by power boating drownings being the lowest since 1997 for the year to date. On the other hand there has been a dramatic and disturbing increase in the number of drownings involving kayakers, with 6 in total in 2004.

"Numbers of kayakers are increasing due to more awareness of this fun activity and the relative ease with which people can gain access to the required equipment. Unfortunately many of those people getting involved do not have the required knowledge and skills to be able to participate safely", explains Mr Muir.

For the second year in a row, recreational drownings are above those of non-recreational. This tells us that New Zealanders are still making a decision to enter the water at times they shouldn’t and not taking on board all the necessary safety precautions.

Chief Executive of Water Safety New Zealand, Alan Muir stated “as the summer holiday break gets closer and closer, there is still apprehension over the legitimate concern it provides. Popular pastimes like swimming at the beach or river are a lot of fun, but with the mass exodus to these bathing areas we see people make silly decisions that cost either their or the life of a loved one”.

Muir continues, “in the past two weeks I have seen a noted increase in the volume of headlines in the daily papers reporting on ‘near misses’. In many cases it is only by chance that another drowning tragedy has been a avoided - Don't Leave Your Safety to Luck - everyone's luck runs out sometime."

“Lifeguards rescue six”

“Yachtie rescued”

“Rescuers hoist kayaker to safety”

“Boaties rescued”

“Man saves mum from drowning river”

“Wedding interrupted as child rescued from sea”

“Lake rescue an award winning tale”

The above “near misses” are just some of the headlines in water incidence reported in major papers across New Zealand in the last two weeks. The upsurge in ‘near misses’ will soon be replaced by an increase in ‘drowning’ headlines as the predictable summer season encroaches on us.

Muir notes “summer is about being in, on or under the water, it’s the way New Zealanders like to spend their summer … in turn we want people to be aware of potential dangers and ask for help if necessary, otherwise, if in doubt, stay out!”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election