|Title||'Kia Maanu, Kia Ora - Stay Afloat, Stay Alive': A water safety strategy for Maori in Aotearoa|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
Aotearoa (New Zealand) has some of the most extensive and beautiful waterways in the world. The seas, rivers, beaches, and lakes provide endless opportunities to enjoy water activities such as gathering kai, swimming, hoe waka, diving, and fishing to name a few. For Maori, water is one of the greatest taonga (treasures) of this land - both physically and spiritually. However, while the number of people drowning in Aotearoa is decreasing overall, the number of Maori drowning is increasing.
Consider the following facts:
Whilst it might seem Maori are not giving water the respect it deserves, it is imperative to have Maori input into water safety content and design. ‘Kia Maanu, Kia Ora – Stay Afloat, Stay Alive’ is a water safety strategy that aims to integrate Maori cultural values through education to reduce the risk of water related injuries and drowning. The strategy recognises the importance of developing initiatives in the community through partnerships with water safety sector organisations, iwi, local government, schools and community groups. Since the strategy began Maori drowning has reduced from 28 in 2003 to 19 in 2006 – a reduction of 30%. This presentation will identify how Maori perspectives can assist in the development of a water safety strategy that embraces Maori values and can be integrated throughout the wider community.
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