Water’s Edge Reflection in support of #saferboatingweek 2015.

We all gathered as planned today at Westhaven Marina to collectively raise awareness about the need for a greater level of water safety in order to bring down our drowning toll.

Out of respect of the Rahui placed on the Waitemata [following the discovery of a body in the harbour] and the loss of life with the MV Jubilee off the Canterbury Coast, we chose not to enter the water.

Instead of walking the plank, we donned lifejackets, and following a karakia quietly contemplated those who have lost their lives in the water.

Represented on the pier today were: ACC, Auckland Council, Auckland Harbourmaster (Auckland Transport), Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust ‘First Response’, Coastguard Northern Region, Colwill School, East Tamaki Healthcare, Maritime New Zealand, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Orakei Watersports, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Surf Life Saving Northern Region, Swimming NZ, Toyota Finance, WaterSafe Auckland, Westhaven Marina, Wilde Media, Yachting NZ.