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Support Adventure News

Supporting Adventure News - a joint newsletter from Outdoors New Zealand and Tourism Industry Association New Zealand

Deadline looming

The extended deadline for audit certification for operators covered by the Adventure Activities Regulations is just days away.

Currently there are around 151 operators registered, of 347 notified operators. Of the 196 yet to be registered, WorkSafe NZ says about 128 are at the field audit stage or later, while some businesses have decided not to operate the activities until a later date.

WorkSafe NZ has been clear that no business can continue to offer regulated activities after 1 December if audit certification has not been completed.

Still need to be audited?
If you have been delaying an audit, QSI (Quality Solutions International) advises it has the capacity to conduct new audits before the end of the year. Please get in touch with Ben Anderson, email banderson@qsi-global.com or Hemi Morete hmorete@qsi-global.com. QSI is one of five WorkSafe NZ-approved audit providers.

What happens next?

<p>Waitomo Adventures - registered operator</p>
Waitomo Adventures - registered operator
WorkSafe NZ’s 19 November Update includes information on what happens next, including:

  • what happens if you can’t operate, but need an on-site evaluation
  • what happened now that you’re registered
  • what happens if you try and avoid registration

WorkSafe warns don't try to play the system
WorkSafe says it is aware that some operators are considering ways of structuring their activities to avoid registration, such as running adventure activities under ‘club’ memberships or accepting payment for non-adventure activities, then offering the adventure activities at ‘no cost’.

WorkSafe says it will keep a close eye on these types of arrangements and will consider legal action against any operators who appear to be flouting the law. Such operators also risk any future registrations. 

More information
If you still have queries about anything to do with the regulations email a WorkSafe safety advisor aao@worksafe.govt.nz

<p>Chris Warburton</p>
Chris Warburton
Coming up with TIA

Regardless of whether you are registered, are still going through the process or aren’t covered by the regulations, it’s important to implement your safety management system and make it a live working system that’s embedded in your daily operations.

Over the next 12 months, TIA’s focus will be on supporting you to implement, maintain and continuously improve your safety management system, encourage a positive safety culture and advise on good practice.

This newsletter and the SupportAdventure website will continue to deliver new resources that support you. We are also planning a workshop series in April. In the meantime, if you need advice or support contact TIA Adventure & Outdoor Project Leader Chris Warburton, email chris.warburton@tianz.org.nz, mobile 027 2123 979.

Activity Safety Guidelines update

<p>Alpine Recreation - registered operator</p>
Alpine Recreation - registered operator
Development of the High Trekking & Low Alpine Activities ASG is now underway with a working group formed. If you are interested in being part of the wider support group, please contact TIA Adventure & Outdoor Project Leader Chris Warburton email chris.warburton@tianz.org.nz

The Dive ASG is now on the SupportAdventure website. It is open until 4 December for public consultation.

ASGs are in place for abseiling, canyoning, caving, heli-skiing, all-terrain vehicles, coasteering, climbing on artificial surfaces, and high wire and swings. Your feedback is welcome at any time.

Qualifications news

Cave qualifications review
The New Zealand Outdoor Instructors’ Association (NZOIA) is beginning a review of their cave qualifications. If you want to be part of the team that looks into the existing qualifications and explores new ones please contact Penny Holland at admin@nzoia.org.nz 

River rescue training
NZOIA has developed a river rescue course. These training opportunities are coming up in Murchison with the New Zealand Kayak School. This training course is a pre-requisite to Canoe 1 and Kayak 1 & 2.

River rescue training dates:             

  • 29-30 November 2014
  • 2-3 January 2015
  • 7-8 February 2015

For more information and registration contact Janette Kear at the NZKS, email kayaks@xtra.co.nz

Here's to a great summer!

Most of you will be gearing up for the busy summer months. If the latest international visitor spend and arrival stats are anything to go by, it looks like being a bumper season. This is the time to really work at entrenching your safety management system and culture of safety throughout your organisation.

Wishing you all a safe and profitable summer season.

Chris (TIA) & Josie (Outdoors NZ)





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