Vaimoana Tapaleao

Vaimoana Tapaleao is the New Zealand Herald's Pacific Affairs and People reporter.

Garner full throttle on boat safety

Water safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge (left) with Duncan Garner. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Water safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge (left) with Duncan Garner. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Media personality Duncan Garner is swapping his blazer for a lifejacket this summer - and is calling on boaties to remember theirs too.

The TV3 and Radio Live journalist is Water Safety New Zealand's newest ambassador and is helping with a campaign that aims to cut the number of Kiwis drowning while out on boats.

Last year, 18 people died in power-boat incidents - up 80 per cent on the five-year average. So far this year, five people have died.

Garner, a keen fisherman and boatie, was out at Okahu Bay yesterday, having signed up for the Coastguard Boating Education Day Skipper course.

"I think you have to be brain-dead not to wear a lifejacket on small craft. Why would you put your life at risk?" he said.

- NZ Herald

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