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Drowning Report

2018 Regions

 

Findings

Fatalities

Overall, 2018 had the second lowest drowning toll since 2010 (65).

Auckland’s 2018 fatality rate is down 42% compared to 2017.

Wellington, Canterbury, Southland and the West Coast all recorded fatality drops of over 50% in 2018.

The biggest increase was in Hawkes Bay which went from zero preventable fatalities in 2017 to 6 in 2018.

Hospitalisations

Hospitalisations in 2018 are up 34% on 2017 and 13% on the 2013 - 2017 five year average.

Northland is up 1700% on 2017 and 125% on the five year average for hospitalisations.

Waikato is up 127% on 2017 and 62% on the five year average for hospitalisations.

 

 

2018 Regions Per Capita

 

Findings

Fatalities Per Capita

West Coast had the highest drowning rate in the country in 2018, with 6.1 drowning fatalities per 100,000 of population, although this is down from 16.5 in 2017. Northland is second (4.5) followed by Marlborough (4.3) while both are down on 2017.

Hospitalisations Per Capita

In 2018, Northland had the highest (10.1) drowning related hospitalisation rate in the country per 100,000 of population, followed by Gisborne (8.1) and Waikato (7.3).

 

 

 
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