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The New Zealand River Recreation Use Survey: Specialization, Motivation and Decision-Making - help wanted.

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) and Sport and Recreation New Zealand SPARC) are funding research being conducted by Dr. Shayne Galloway of the School of Physical Education at Otago University. The survey is titled, New Zealand River Recreation Use Survey: Specialization, Motivation and Decision-Making.

The research will examine recreational use of rivers by individuals and how their background, skills and knowledge affect their usage, values and decision making with regard to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful but deadly resources, rivers. The research will endeavour to answer some important empirical questions about participants and the activities at play on New Zealand rivers developing a model of factors which affect decisions to participate in a particular activity.

WSNZ have included questions in this research to ascertain the skill level and primarily the swimming ability of participants that use rivers for the myriad of activities that take place on them. The ability to swim and survive is ranked by WSNZ as a critical factor to reducing injury and drowning in New Zealand.

As part of the research project Dr Galloway needs a representative sample of users across a range of activities and locations to participate. Subsequently WSNZ would encourage you to visit: pre-register for the survey, and complete when notified via email. In addition please forward this to any of your contacts that you think relevant.

On average 35 New Zealanders drown in rivers per year, more than any other body of water. WSNZ looks forward to receiving a report in June 2008 that will help provide valuable information about this essential but sadly, often deadly feature of our beautiful landscape.

For more information about this survey and research please go to or contact Alexander Brunt at

Kind Regards

Matt Claridge
General Manager

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