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October 9, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

WorkSafe New Zealand’s decision to grant a short extension to the deadline requiring adventure activity operators to be registered under the Adventure Activities Regulations is pragmatic, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand.

The government regulator today announced an extension to the 1 November deadline to enable around 192 operators to complete the final stages of their safety audit. Those operators will now have until 1 December to be audited and 12 December to be registered.

Operators granted the extension must already be well advanced in the audit process and WorkSafe NZ must be satisfied they have no safety concerns.

“This is a sensible move by WorkSafe NZ. The extension means adventure activities operators already well through the audit process won’t be penalised and should have time to finalise their registration without interrupting their business,” says Mr Roberts.

About half of the businesses currently going through the audit process are tourism operators.

“Adventure tourism safety is a priority area for TIA and we will continue working with WorkSafe and operators to strengthen safety across the sector.

“We want all tourism operators to be offering visitors a safe and enjoyable experience – and having the right systems and processes in place is part of their obligation.

“TIA will continue to assist its members and other tourism operators to complete the audit requirements.”

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