This map of popular Auckland beaches shows the number of visitors expected on a busy summer’s day, and the number of rescues in the summer of 1995–96. The many rescues at a beach such as Piha confirms that drowning is a serious danger. Many beaches, especially on the west coast, have large waves and dangerous rips. In the 2000s Piha rescue was a popular reality TV series about the local surf lifesaving club.
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Source: New Zealand Herald, December 1996–January 1997