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The article discusses the high rate of drownings in New Zealand, particularly among Māori and Asian communities. It highlights the need for culturally specific water safety education to address this issue. The Asian community, in particular, includes many first-generation migrants who may lack water skills due to their upbringing and fear of water. Overprotectiveness towards children around water is also common among Asian parents. The article emphasizes the importance of providing support and learning opportunities to help Asian migrants develop water skills and feel more comfortable in outdoor activities. Additionally, it mentions the declining water skills among New Zealand children in general and the need for better resourcing of school programs and community initiatives like ActivAsian. Culturally relevant knowledge and education are deemed crucial in changing attitudes and behaviors towards water safety. The article stresses that making New Zealand's beaches and waterways safe for all residents, including migrants, requires targeted funding and a collaborative effort to prevent tragic drowning incidents.
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