Christchurch City Council has raised the prospect of a small rates increase which would fund swimming lessons for all students in the city.
The draft idea would mean an average rates rise of about 30 cents per ratepayer, and would ensure kids got swimming lessons.
Water Safety New Zealand head Jonty Mills says it's a great idea which would help to address New Zealand's high drowning rate.
"More and more children are coming out of the education system without an adequate aquatic education," he said.
"I think it's the inherent right of every child ... it's part of our Kiwi way of life and part of our culture here in New Zealand."
Prime Minister Bill English, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme, said he wasn't familiar with the proposal, but added that thousands of Kiwi kids already get free lessons.
"For kids who can't afford swimming lessons, it would be great if they could get access like that," Mr English said.
"I haven't seen any proposition like that but like anything else, if people can show the benefits of it, we're interested in it, particularly if its about our children."