Maungakiekie MP Sam Lotu-Iiga has introduced a member’s bill to Parliament that would make wearing a lifejacket compulsory for children up to 15 on boats 6 metres in length and under.
The proposal only relates to youngsters up to 15 but Mr Lotu-Iiga say he expects a select committee to examine whether it should be extended to all ages.
There are on average 17 recreational boating deaths a year.
I’m okay with it for kids, as they are more vulnerable, and well … kids. But far from convinced it should be extended to all adults. Having them on board yes – wearing at all times – no.