Rotorua drownings are at the highest they have been in the last five years according to new figures.

The four people who drowned in Rotorua add to a total of 18 deaths in the past decade.

Water Safety NZ released its annual drowning report this week which showed 10 people drowned in the Bay of Plenty, the second-highest number in the country, and 16 people were hospitalised.

Four of these people died in Rotorua, three in the Western Bay, two in Tauranga and one in Whakatāne.

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It was the highest for Rotorua in five years with three in 2017 and

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