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WAI ORA AOTEAROA

WATER SAFETY SECTOR'S

Outcomes and Measures

 

Culture change

OUTCOMES

People’s water safety competencies are increased and they modify their behaviours in on and around water based on risk awareness

DESIRED TRENDS

The population's ability to understand risky behaviours associated with fatal and non-fatal drowning increases over time

Water safety competencies to survive in, on or around the water are improved over time

 

INDICATIONS

Public Attitudes and Behaviours surveys to assess the population's beliefs about, and responses to the dangers in, on and around the water

The reach of aquatic education across pool, beach, boat and river

The achievement of key water survival skills

TARGETS

A statistically significant year-on-year increase in improved attitudes and behaviours as demonstrated by the "Attitudes and Behaviours" survey and the "Use of life jackets" survey from a 2021 baseline

Year-on-year increase in people participating in and competencies achieved in water safety education programmes, as evidenced by;

  • a 50% increase in students participating in pool-based Water Skills For Life programmes from a 2019-20 baseline of 200,000, and
  • a 10% increase in the Water Skills For Life achievements of the two fundamental water survival skills from the 2019-20 baseline

 

Reduced drowning fatalities and drowning related hospitalisations

OUTCOMES

The social and economic costs of drowning and water related injury and hospitalisations are minimised

DESIRED TRENDS

The average annual rate of  fatalities consistently trends down over time

The average annual rate of drowning related hospitalisations consistently trends down over time

 

INDICATIONS

Annual rate of drowning fatalities per 100,000 of New Zealand population (lag indicator)

Annual rate of drowning related hospitalisations per 100,000 of New Zealand population (lag indicator)

TARGETS

Reduce per capita preventable drowning deaths using a 5 year rolling average, of 25% by 2025. Target the per capita fatalities moving from 1.59 to 1.19 by 2025

Reduce per capita preventable drowning related hospitalisations using a 5 year rolling average,
of 12% by 2025. Target the per capita hospitalisations moving from 3.7 to 3.25 by 2025

 

High performing

OUTCOMES

The New Zealand water safety sector is sustainable, collaborative and coherent

DESIRED TRENDS

The water safety sector is sustainable and able to meet identified needs and adapt to changing circumstances

The sector is aligned and integrated to achieve the greatest collective impact

 

INDICATIONS

Integration of the Water Safety Sector Strategy into each of the Cross Sector Reference Group’s own organisations strategies

The number of water safety sector actions implemented

TARGETS

Member organisations have the Water Safety Sector Strategy 2025 incorporated into their own strategic annual and long term planning where relevant

At least 75% of the Water safety sector’s actions in the Water Safety Strategy’s implementation plan are delivered by the end of 2025

 

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