Land Based Fishing

Between 2013 and 2017, 27 fishers lost their lives in New Zealand and 2 of those were in Auckland.

Rock Fishing

The West Coast Rock-based fishing project has seen a decline of drowning while fishing off Auckland’s west coast. Read the 2018 report.

Net Fishing

Nationally, Pasifika are overrepresented in the drowning statistics with the ethnic group making up 9% of New Zealand’s drowning statistics over a five-year period (2013-2017) whilst only accounting for 7% of New Zealand’s population. In the Auckland region, Pacific people account for 13% of the population, and are again over-represented making up 29% of Auckland’s drownings from 2013-2017.

Crab Fishing

Over the last four years three Asian men have drowned crab fishing in Northland beaches making it one of the highest, at-risk for drowning activities for the Asian community. One fifth (20%) of all New Zealand drownings from 2012 – 2016 were categorised as Asian or ‘Other’ (not NZ European, Maori or Pasifika). In Auckland that percentage rose to 34%, a relatively high proportion of drowning, therefore requiring interventions focused on drowning prevention.


Harry Aonga