Water safety

Heeding the basics

Some of the basic water-safety messages are still not getting through - particularly to New Zealand men.

Warning to water users

Warning to water users

Patrols will be out in force in Queenstown and Wanaka during the busy summer period, ensuring recreational lake users are adhering to the rules.

Fewer drownings but powerboat incidents up

Fewer drownings but powerboat incidents up

New Zealand had its lowest drowning death toll in six years last year - but the number of powerboat-related drownings is increasing.

Kayakers rescued after difficulties in Kawarau River

Kayakers rescued after difficulties in Kawarau River

The rescue of two men stranded in the fast-flowing Kawarau River yesterday was yet another "lesson for everyone" on the waterways to wear a life jacket, Queenstown Lakes District Harbour Master Marty Black says.

Swim skills targeted well

Swim skills targeted well

Sport Otago hopes to expand its learn-to-swim primary school programme to Central Otago and Queenstown, in a bid to target areas of the region which account for almost half of Otago's drownings.

Yachting: Life's a breeze

Yachting: Life's a breeze

Fraser Waters (12, right) leads Mathew Leach (11) around a buoy, with Kendall Brook (10) in the background, during the Otago Yachting Association-Water Safety New Zealand holiday sailing programme on Otago Harbour yesterday.

Toxins leach into Otago harbour

Toxins leach into Otago harbour

The Dunedin City Council will consider costly improvements to Dunedin's water infrastructure to address fears chemicals leaching from former industrial sites are contributing to the contamination of Otago Harbour.

Regular reminders part of the job

Regular reminders part of the job

The "beauty" of Lake Dunstan is the seemingly endless beaches, lake harbourmaster Shayne Hitchcock says.

Testing helps farmers meet standard

Testing helps farmers meet standard

Shane Hildred is used to having his occupation blamed for all the problems with New Zealand's waterways.

Time to walk the walk on water

Time to walk the walk on water

Changes afoot in regulations governing water use in Otago will influence the region's prosperity for years to come, the Otago Regional Council says. Rebecca Fox looks at the council's sometimes controversial approach to water quality and quantity.

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