Kapi-Mana News : January 24th 2012
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He is pictured with Surf Life Saving New Zealand's Brett Sullivan and lifesavers Craig Stapleton and Alyssa Blyde. Beyond money, the Pacific community's fraught relationship with the water is embedded in cultural behaviour from mod- esty to machismo, Ms Tea says. Many grew up in the islands surrounded by water and were over-confident in their swimming abilities, she says. We think oh, we're strong in the water, we're strong athletes, we'll be fine'. But no, it's killing us.'' New Zealand's rip-prone beaches were totally different from the often calm lagoons Pacific people grew up with, she said. The currents, the sea, is different.'' Whakama, or modesty about being seen wearing revealing swimsuits, often leads Islanders to swim in isolated spots unmon- itored by lifeguards, Ms Tea says. Alternatively, they might wear sarongs or everyday clothing in the water, which weighs them down when they need to swim to safety. Improving children's water skills and awareness will inevitably affect Pacific drowning rates, Ms Tea believes. Children are so good at policing adults. They're really good at saying hey dad, have you checked your cellphone?''' she said. It's just planting the seeds at this stage.'' Pacific people tended to view seas and rivers as sources of kaimoana rather than places to practise sport and recreation, Surf Life Saving New Zealand general manager of programmes and services Brett Sullivan said. They were also less likely to join surf life saving clubs, which foster fitness and sport alongside water safety. Maori and Pacific Islanders are defi- nitely under-represented in our member- ship and over-represented in drowning stats,'' Mr Sullivan says. There were four reasons why people drowned, he said: Lack of supervision, ignorance of the water's dangers, lack of swimming skills and the sheer amount of unpatrolled water New Zealanders have access to. There are 73 surf clubs nationwide, barely beginning to cover the nation's beaches and rivers. Many Pacific Islanders get into trouble while fishing off rocks or net fishing in the sea, Mr Sullivan says. He emphasises the need to prepare for a day on the water -- check the weather fore- cast and tides, make sure someone is watching out for you, assess the rips and currents of each waterway and be honest about your own abilities in the water. There's not really such a thing as a safe beach,'' he said. It's about education and knowledge.'' The best way to ensure a safe swim in the sea is to swim between lifeguard flags, Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club captain Tim Marsden said. Mr Alapati was not swimming between the flags when he was dragged out to sea by a rip. The day he drowned was windy and rough, limiting visibility from the surf club. Of course we do check the whole beach but we don't see everything,'' Mr Marsden says. While Pasifika membership of the surf club is low, Mr Marsden was approached days after Mr Alapati's death by a young Pacific Islander man keen to join. I guess if there's one good thing from this mess, that's it,'' he says. Our Way of Life family water safety day, Saturday January 28, 1pm to 5pm at Cannons Creek pool. The event is free but attendees should register with Lepeti Tea, 021 057 8750. Gratitude for searchers' efforts The search for missing swimmer Albert Alapati ended last Thursday when his body was found at 4.45am by police at the south end of Titahi Bay. Helicopter, land and dive squad teams had searched for the Otago University student after he was pulled out to sea by a rip on Saturday, January 14, while swimming with family. Mr Alapati's funeral will be held on Thursday. It is tragic that we would lose such a promising young man who showed leadership qualities so early in his life. Albert has always played an active part in his community, achieving academically and in his love of rugby,'' his family said. Thank you to the fisherman, surfers and rescue people.'' Family spokeswoman Liz Kelly would particularly like to thank community constable Tango Pakome, who looked after the family during the search. Ngati Toa have put a rahui, a ban on fishing and collecting seafood, covering Titahi Bay's shoreline north of Sugarloaf Pt, Porirua harbour up to Plimmerton Fire Station and Pauatahanui inlet. It will last for three more weeks.
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