Labour Minister Simon Bridges says to protect New
Zealand's adventure tourism reputation globally, the November 1
deadline for operators to be audited and registered is
Speaking to the Tourism Industry Association in Wellington
yesterday, Mr Bridges said the resources were in place for
operators to complete audit safety checks before November and
it was up to the industry to ensure it had ''world-class
''New Zealand is world-renowned for its adventure tourism,
and we have some of the best attractions in the world. We
must protect that reputation.''
The Government was providing the industry with ''considerable
support'' to help meet its obligations under the Adventure
Activity Regulations, with WorkSafe New Zealand employing
safety advisers offering one-on-one support to operators.
This week, financial support of up to $1500 per operator was
announced, for businesses which signed up for audits with
recognised safety audit providers by July 31.
''The Government is doing its bit,'' Mr Bridges said.
''It's now it is up to the industry to play its part. It has
always been the responsibility of individual operators to
prepare themselves for auditing and registration under the
''I encourage all adventure activities operators to take
advantage of the support on offer and sign up for an audit
well in advance of November.''