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Stay safe in the awa to win a PS5

Kia tuupato! A mean manu is a manu with Mana. Drowning is not a vibe, and Hamilton City Council wants you to be safe in the awa and have fun this summer. Read these few easy tips, and then answer one question to go in the draw to win a brand new PlayStation 5.

Suss the water first 

Rivers change every day. Before you jump, check out the water. Is it moving faster than usual? Are there logs or other stuff that wasn't there last time? How deep is it? If it’s brown and you can’t see well, back down. Make sure the water is clear, deep, and there’s nothing in your way. No good? Choose another spot.

Swim with the bros

Or the whaanau! Swimming with others means there is someone there to help if you get into trouble. Drowning takes less than a minute, so having a mate on shore could save your life.

Know your limits 

That river current can move quickly. How well can you swim? And where’s your exit point? Try to jump so you float downstream to your exit point, instead of battling the current up to it. Have a backup plan if you miss your exit – where’s the next best spot to get out? If you’re tired, take a break. Look after the little ones too, sometimes they do too much.  

Respect the river 

The Waikato River is powerful, don’t underestimate it. She stops flowing for no one, and drowning can happen to anyone.

Manu with Mana 

You can still have fun, swim and pop manus all summer long. It’s simple stuff – just do your safety checks, keep an eye out for each other, and koorero with your mates about how to stay safe.

Top tip: Hand signals 

Our friends at Splash Unit know how to Manu with Mana. They use simple hand signals to communicate after a jump if they are ok, or need help.

If you’re ok = closed fist on top of your head 

If you need help = closed fist, hand raised in the air

Now, about that PlayStation 5 – answer one simple question, and you’re in the draw!  

Enter the draw

This kaupapa was brought to you in collaboration with Waikato District Council, Waipā District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Waikato Tainui and Water Safety New Zealand.


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