The number of drownings this summer is down on previous years, according to Water Safety NZ
Lifeguards are urging people to take care in the water after the death of two Papatoetoe men at Piha Beach on the weekend.
A 34-year-old Hastings man has drowned while diving at a central Hawke's Bay beach with a friend.
A 54-year-old woman has died after getting into difficulty in the surf at Mount Maunganui beach.
The body of a woman in her 70s has been found on a beach north of Tauranga.
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A man has drowned at a Coromandel beach this afternoon.
A man has drowned at Haruru Falls near Waitangi - the second drowning death in two days.
Police in Palmerston North have located the body of a 27-year-old Feilding man who went missing at Himatangi Beach while swimming yesterday afternoon.
The number of drowning deaths over the Christmas holiday period is down this year, but holiday makers are still being urged to be safe in the water.
Two 12-year-old boys are being hailed as heroes after saving the life of a drowning man.
A swimmer drowned at the Whiritoa beach today, and it's believed he was outside the beach safety flags.
Kiwis can't afford to be complacent when they hit the water despite the drowning toll being dramatically lower than last year.
Police have named the 16-year-old boy who died in a suspected drowning at Pegasus Lake in North Canterbury.
A teenage boy has drowned in a Canterbury lake, police say.
A drunk boatie who drowned after falling over while urinating in the Marlborough Sounds may have lived if he was wearing a life jacket.
The skipper of a boat hit by a rogue wave has told a coronial inquest he knew his son was dead when he became blue and unresponsive.
Three people thrown into the water when a jet boat capsized on the Makarora River were not wearing lifejackets, police say.
People who desperately tried to save the life of a teenager whose car plunged into a Southland river should be recognised for their bravery, a coroner has recommended.
Two men involved in a fatal boating accident on Lake Ohakuri, near Rotorua, are set to be sentenced in Rotorua District Court.
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