Water Safety Month Oct 18 - Nov 23
The water safety sector is pleased to launch the inaugural New Zealand Water Safety Month today.
The Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, launched the new initiative on TVNZ Breakfast this morning on behalf of the Safer Boating Forum - 23 boating and water safety organisations including Maritime NZ, Coastguard NZ, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Water Safety New Zealand, Drowning Prevention Auckland, harbourmasters, the marine industry and many other organisations.
Water Safety Month is about the key boating and water safety organisations working collectively to promote water safety to the public to help reduce New Zealand's high annual rate of preventable drowning fatalities.
Water Safety Month starts with Harbourmasters' and Maritime NZ's “No Excuses” on-water campaign and Coastguard NZ's annual appeal.
These events lead into Safer Boating Week ahead of Labour Weekend, traditionally the start of the boating season and the start of Surf Life Saving New Zealand's beach patrol season.
This campaign is about promoting the good work we all do and creating media opportunities to generate discussion about water safety and safe behaviour in, on and around water.
Events will be promoted throughout the month and will be listed here.
The campaign will close with Water Safety New Zealand and Drowning Prevention Auckland’s water safety day in St Mary’s Bay, Auckland on Nov 23.
Download the digital toolkit and create your own collateral to promote Water Safety Month and your own activity.
You can access the toolkit and find more details about Water Safety Month here.
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Thanks for getting involved and supporting Water Safety Month so we can bring about a culture change in Aotearoa/New Zealand and bring down our high drowning toll.
Jonty Mills CEO, Water Safety New Zealand