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As I write this the sun is fi­nally shin­ing, for what feels like the first time this year.

The weather is pre­dicted to be­come more set­tled and warm, mean­ing many boat­ies will be head­ing out to sea for a spot of fish­ing or swim­ming or sim­ply to re­lax on the wa­ter.

How­ever, far too many peo­ple do not know or fol­low mar­itime rules and safety guide­lines.

This week we pub­lish the first in a se­ries of six ar­ti­cles on wa­ter safety. They will high­light why there is a need for life­jack­ets, what the is­sues are with ex­ces­sive al­co­hol on board and what the rules and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are for skip­pers.

Wa­ter safety is not some­thing to shrug off and la­bel ‘‘it will never hap­pen to me’’.

Too many New Zealan­ders die in the wa­ter each year.

Let’s not add any more of our boat­ies to the ter­ri­ble sta­tis­tics.

— Amy Jack­man, News Di­rec­tor Com­mu­ni­ties

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