Water Safety Ceo encourages NZ to adopt Co2 inflatable life jackets

By Wepiha Te Kanawa
  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Mā te mau tika o tō ake kahu whakamānu, e rangatira ake ai te noho haumaru o te tangata i ngā waka hī ika. Koia te whakahau a te Tāhūhū Rangapū o Haumaru Wai Aotearoa whai muri i te aituā ki Kaipara, i toremi ai aua tāne tokowhitu.

Ko tana mahi matua, he whakahaumaru i te tangata ki te moana, engari e ai ki te ripoata karo toromi o Water Safe kāore a ngāi Aotearoa i te whakamahi i ngā koti nei.

Hei tā te Tukuwhakarae o Water Safe a Jonathon Webber, “We're an aquatic water loving nation and we tend to accept that these drowning deaths that occur are an evitable consequence of taking part in water activity.”

I tērā tau rua tekau mā tahi ōrau o te hunga toromi he Māori. Hei tā Clayton Wikaira o Water Safe, me panoni ngā whakaaro o Māori mā.

“We've been around it all our lives, our history also shows that coming here on the canoes. I suppose with that though is sometimes a lack of caution around water.”

Kei te rere tonu te āwangawanga nā te korenga o ngā koti haumaru o tētahi tokowhitu i toromi ki te moana o Kaipara.

Hei tā tētahi kaimahi o Hutchwilco a Tim Ritchie, “It's extremely important to make sure your wearing the right product for the marine activity you're involved in.”

Ko Hutchwilco anake te kaihanga kākahu haumaru moana o Aotearoa. E ai ki a Tim, kei a ia ngā momo rahi katoa.

“We start at about one year of age and it goes right through to a XXL product, so in some of the product styles there’s probably 8 or 9 jackets in the size range,” hei tā Richie.

Heoi, he pēhea nei te hunga pīki whara? E ai ki a Jonathon me wānanga a Aotearoa i ngā rautaki katoa.

“The Co2 inflatable life jackets tend to fit a wider range of sizes maybe there’s a need to have more of those deployed, with those they're expensive they cost more to maintain but at the end of the day what sort of a price are we going to put on somebody’s life,” hei tā Webber.

Ka whakarewa ake te rautaki o Water Safe a tērā wiki, ka mutu e manako ana rātou ka rewa hoki a rātou kōrero ki roto i te hapori.

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