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A recent report, Circumstances surrounding drowning in those under 25 years in New Zealand (1980–2002), from New Zealand’s Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee in collaboration with Water Safety NZ reveals that there has been a significant reduction in the incidence of drowning related deaths (p<0.001). The study reviewed the 1334 drowning related deaths over the 23 year study period. It identified that the areas needing further attention are pre-school drownings and drownings of males aged 15–19. The authors also emphasise the need to enforce pool fencing legislation and to increase water safety education. For further information, contact Professor Barry Taylor, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the Dunedin School of Medicine, email: