Whanau Nui is back, with FREE water safety and swim

Tuesday 20 March 2012, 11:48AM
By WaterSafe Auckland


Drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children in New Zealand and Counties Manukau families are urged to take advantage of Whanau Nui, FREE family water safety and swim lessons returning Monday April 16.

While water safety may have slipped off the radar for some with the close of summer,  Whanau Nui offers vital  confidence building opportunities for parents and children, in preparation for next summer or simply building knowledge to keep young children safer around water in the home environment. 

It is the home environment - baths, buckets and the like - that poses the greatest risk for young children.

Whanau Nui runs over five days, Monday 16 April to Friday 20 April, with one lesson per day, providing children and their parents/caregivers with confidence to participate in aquatic activities and develop essential water safety and swimming skills. 

Parents and caregivers will also learn skills they can take away and continue the learning among their whanau, but most of all everyone will have fun learning together in a warm, relaxed and positive environment.

There are seven locations to choose from but bookings are essential, just phone the swim school direct. 

Swimsation Centres

  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Leisure Centre, Mangere (ph 09 298 4642)
  • Otara Leisure Centre, Otara (ph 09 271 5395)
  • Papatoetoe Centennial Pools, Papatoetoe (ph 09 278 6806)
  • Manurewa Aquatic Centre, Manurewa (ph 09 269 4145)


Swimgym Swim School

  • Lloyd Elsmore Park Leisure Centre, Pakuranga (ph 09 537 0025)

Fulton Swim School (ph 09 238 1841) 

  • Patumahoe Primary School, Patumahoe
  • Puni Primary School, Pukekohe 

Whanau Nui is brought to you by WaterSafe Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Council, with funding support from the Nautilus Foundation and Southern Trust, with tuition provided by Swimsation Swim School, Fulton Swim School and Swimgym.

For further information contact Harry Aonga, Drowning Prevention Coordinator, WaterSafe Auckland. Ph 021 111 8674,