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Manu with Mana

Kia tuupato! A mean manu is a manu with Mana.

Drowning is not a vibe, and Waikato District Council wants you to be safe in the awa and have fun this summer. Read these few easy tips, and then answer one question and go in the draw to win a brand new PS5.

Manu in the river

Water safety tips

Suss the water first

Rivers change every day. Before you jump, check out the water. Is it moving faster than usual? Are there logs or other debris that weren’t there last time? How deep is it? If it’s brown and you can’t see well, back down. Make sure the water is clear, deep, and there’s nothing in your way. No good? Choose another spot.

Swim with the bros

Or the girls! Swimming with mates means there is someone there to help if you get into trouble. Drowning takes less than a minute, so a mate on shore could save your life.

Know your limits

That river can have a quick current. How well can you swim? And where’s your exit point? Try to jump so you float downstream to your exit point, instead of battling the current up to it. Have a backup plan if you miss your exit, where’s the next best spot to get out? If you’re tired, take a break. Look after the little ones too, sometimes they do too much.

Respect the river

The Waikato River is powerful, don’t underestimate it. She stops flowing for no one, and drowning can happen to you.

Manu with Mana

You can still have fun, swim and pop manus all summer long. It’s simple stuff – just do your safety checks, keep an eye out for each other, and koorero with your mates about how to stay safe.

Top tip: Hand signals

Our friends at Splash Unit know how to Manu with Mana. They use simple hand signals to communicate after a jump if they are ok, or need help.

If you’re ok = closed fist on top of your head

If you need help = closed fist, hand raised in the air.

Win, win, win!

Now, about that PlayStation – answer one simple question, and you’re in the draw!

Enter now!

This kaupapa was brought to you in collaboration with Hamilton City Council, Waipā District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Waikato Tainui and Water Safety New Zealand.