to curbing high drowning rates, expert says
Māori knowledge can be used to curb “appalling” drowning statistics in Aotearoa, an expert says.
A report released on Tuesday revealed there were 75 preventable drownings in 2021, with Māori overrepresented, making up 31 per cent of deaths.
Dr Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) is an expert on Māori water safety and says there are gaps in education which can be addressed using Māori perspectives.
“Our drowning statistics over the summer have just been appalling, and it's an absolute tragedy,” she said.
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