Many New Zealanders consider the beach to be a great place for leisure activities. Despite our love of the water, New Zealanders have a terrible record of drowning deaths. Water Safety NZ and its partners do provide funding, information and training, but the key messages are not having the desired impact – especially with men and Māori and Asian communities. There is a clear need for culturally specific support in order to change attitudes and behaviours.


Creator | Kaihanga
Belinda Wheaton & Lucen Liu
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
The Conversation
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Main Language | Reo Matua
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Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Wheaton, B. & Liu, L. (2022, 20 Dec). Too many Māori and Asian people are drowning – can better cultural understanding reverse the trend? The Conversation. Available at:

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