A trip to the movies and sweet treats are to be bestowed on a 6-year-old who may have saved the life of a toddler at the Whakatāne Aquatic Centre.

Former Rotorua and now Ōpōtiki woman Christine Black told the Rotorua Daily Post she could not be more proud of her son James Parson after events that unfolded in the "big pool" of the Aquatic Centre during the last week of the school holidays.

"James was in a part of the pool where he couldn't touch the bottom," Black said.

"He's pretty confident in the water and I was only metres

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