Strategic Areas of Focus
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
There is an effective water safety education framework in place, designed to promote behaviour change and skills development, for all ages and abilities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
DATA, RESEARCH AND INSIGHTS
Evidenced based decision making is driven and supported by a trusted “knowledge hub” that provides relevant data, research and insights to focus investments and response activities to achieve desired sector outcomes.
COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIP
There is strong sector collaboration utilising members strengths and capacity.
There is sustainable engagement at a local, regional and national level to ensure best practice is enacted, and cost effective solutions and efficiencies are adopted.
LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY AND INFLUENCE
Water safety objectives and interventions are advocated for, and key decision makers influenced, in order to increase public and political support for water safety and drowning prevention.
FRONTLINE PREVENTION, SEARCH & RESCUE
Prevent or reduce drowning and water related injuries through providing targeted supervision and surveillance, safety services, guidance, and if necessary rescue, of those at the point of being exposed to water hazards.
Implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Water Safety New Zealand will be responsible for leading the implementation of the Water Safety Sector Strategy. It will undertake this role in consultation with the Cross Sector Reference Group and with the support of sector organisations.
More specifically Water Safety New Zealand will:
- Recruit an implementation manager to project manage the sector strategy,
- Develop an implementation plan to deliver on the strategic actions,
- Form sector working groups to support the delivery of the action plan.
The development of a sector wide monitoring and evaluation framework will gauge progress, effectiveness and efficiency of the water safety sector, generating the expected outcomes. It will ensure activities undertaken move the sector closer to delivering on the stated outcomes.
The monitoring and evaluation framework will enable the sector to measure and report on the expected outcomes effectively and efficiently each year. This will fulfill the statement of service performance reporting obligations with the sector's funders, and the individual organisations’ evaluation of their involvement working towards the sector's strategic areas of focus.