Annual Statistics

Top Year to Date Statistics

2016 Preventable Total (provisional): 78

This year as at 11 December 2017: 82
Same time last year: 69

All data or information reproduced in any medium requires acknowledgement of DrownBase and WSNZ. The information on this website is provisional and is subject to change.


Annual Drowning Reports

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) uses data collected in DrownBase to track current statistics and produce the online reporting tool and the following Annual Drowning Reports. 

By making this data and these reports available, WSNZ is seeking to inform New Zealanders with accurate information in relation to drowning incidents. This information is now freely available.

2016 New Zealand Drowning Prevention Report

To download 2016 regional and national fact sheets click here.

2015 New Zealand Drowning Prevention Report

2014 New Zealand Drowning Report

2013 New Zealand Drowning Report

2012 New Zealand Drowning Report

2011 New Zealand Drowning Report


Further Analysis

Should you require analysis beyond the scope of the online reporting tool, please complete and submit the statistical request form below and forward by email to or fax to 04 801 9599.

DrownBase statistical request form


Important Note

WSNZ gives no warranty as to the correctness of the information or the data provided as it is supplied to WSNZ by third parties not under its control. While WSNZ is satisfied as to its accuracy for the purposes for which it is supplied to it, WSNZ shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from the use of any data supplied. All reported statistics are provisional.