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ACC is the lead government agency responsible for drowning prevention. Sadly, Sadly, and Pacific people are over represented in our drowning statistics. As a Community Injury Prevention Consultant at the ACC Counties Manukau Branch, Filipo Motulalo has been working with a range of community organisations to reduce the risk and rate of injury, and being water smart.

Filipo looked at two areas where improvements could be made to help make sure New Zealanders have the information they need to make safer decisions when in and around the water. He noticed that Pacific radio stations provided a poor weather forecast service. By working with the MetService and Pacific radio stations Filipo has been able to make sure they now include up to date weather forecasts for both Pacific fisherman and the wider community.

He also worked with Maritime New Zealand and the Coast Guard to negotiate a way to make the Coast Guard Day Skipper course more accessible to Pacific fishers. Not only has the course been translated to Tongan and Samoan, but the exam has been changed from written to oral, and the training now takes place in community and church halls around South Auckland.

Filipo has been with ACC for 10 years delivering safety messages to the Pacific community of South Auckland. He's dedicated to helping the community and considers his role as a Community Injury Prevention Consultant to be more like providing 'pastoral care'. Filipo spends an average of two evenings per week, and at least one activity each weekend, delivering ACC injury prevention messages to the community. He does this in a way that makes sense to them and helps change behaviours.

Filipo says that none of this would be possible without the support and collaboration of his fellow Community Injury Prevention colleagues, his family and the communities in South Auckland.

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