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.