Region safe for children

Last updated 14:26 08/01/2014
NO FEAR HERE: Reuben, 9, and Fergus Blair, 7, from Dunedin had stopped for a play on the Caroline Bay playground tyre swing on their way up to Punakaiki.

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South Canterbury is clearly a very safe place to bring up kids, according to statistics supplied to the South Canterbury Herald by the Accident Compensation Corporation.

However, of the activities we requested statistics for, trampolines, scooters and swimming are, not surprisingly, the activities requiring the most care.

We requested numbers for the South Canterbury district for accidents affecting children aged 0-12 during the Christmas school holidays for 2012-13 and 2011-12 for a range of childhood activities.

As a no-fault scheme ACC relies on information recorded by the claimant at the time of the accident. However, the level of detail provided for accident description can vary greatly.

For those activities listed below with an asterix, the data were sourced using a free text search using key words such as swing, tramp and trampoline.

For that reason there may also be some related injuries that are not captured in the data provided.

The statistics cover the Mackenzie district, the Timaru district and the Waimate District.

For those activities with fewer than three claims, a specific number is not given for privacy reasons.


2011-12 - 3
2012-13 - 4


2011-12 - 7
2012-13 - 3


2011-12 - 5
2012-13 - <3


2011-12 - 3
2012-13 - 6


2011-12 - <3
2012-13 - <3


2012-13 - <3


2011-12 - 8
2012-13 - 8

There were no accident data found for bikes, button batteries, cricket or roller blades.


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