All operators offering adventure tourism and outdoor activities which are covered by the adventure activities regulations must be audited and registered by 1 November 2014 or face serious consequences including WorkSafe fines of up to $250,000.
The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have advised that after 1 November they will not work with adventure operators who are not compliant with the law. WorkSafe says it is also in touch with a range of other agencies including booking agents and advertisers, Maritime NZ, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Police and ACC to ensure unregistered operators can be identified by its inspectors. It is up to operators to determine whether or not they are covered by the regulations.
Practical safety audit workshops
TIA is running a series of practical workshops to help operators document their safety management systems (SMS) in preparation for their adventure safety audits. The workshops will be free. TIA will announce workshop dates and locations shortly.
Source: TIA Newsletter 1 August 2014