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Fatality Prevention Mindset

New Zealand school-related outdoor fatalities Coroner’s reports 2000 - present


Location Activity School/Provider Fatalities Coroner's Report
2000 Kauaeranga River Swimming Howick Intermediate 2 male students. Aged 11 Download
2000 Waihao River Swimming Waimate HS 2 male students. Aged 13 & 15 Download
2001 Clarence River Canoe trip

Hanmer Springs School

Contracted provider

2 female students, Aged 12 Download
2001 Turoa Skifield Skiing John Paul College 1 male student Aged 13 Download
2004 Mt Somers Rockclimbing Logan Park HS 1 male teacher Letter only
2008 Mangatepopo Stream Stream/Gorge Walking

Elim School

Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre

7 total

3 males students, 3 female students, 1 male teacher

2010 Muriwai Beach Geography Field Trip (Knee deep water) Tangaroa College 1 males student Aged 18 Download
2012 Paritutu Rock Traversing/Coastal Walk

Spotswood College

Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre

3 Total

2 males students Aged 17

1 male instructor

Letter only
2020 Waihi Beach Geography Field Trip (supervised swimming) Melville High School 1 male student Not available yet
2020 Lake Rotoma Snorkelling Tarawera HS 1 male student Aged 16 Download
2023 Abbey Caves Caving Whangarei HS 1 male student Aged 15 Not available yet


Please also see Kate Malcolm, owner and director of Dive!Tutukaka sharing the learnings from an incident that highlighted the importance of getting this relationship right. The messages are clear and helpful for anyone wanting clarity in understanding this shared responsibility space. Dive Tutukaka here.