Public consultation opens for adventure activities regime

Published: 24 September 2021

The Government has announced the start of the public consultation into the health and safety regime for registered adventure activities.

Following the Whakaari/White Island eruption on 9 December 2019, the Workplace Relations and Safety Minister directed the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to undertake a targeted review of the adventure activities regulatory regime.

The review found that although safety standards in adventure activities were improving, there were a number of areas in the regime that could be strengthened, including the management of natural hazards, the role of the regulator and the audit process.

The Government has proposed options for changes to the regime to improve safety in the sector which:

  • strengthen requirements for how operators, landowners and the regulator manage natural hazard risks,
  • improve how risk is monitored, assessed and communicated,
  • strengthen WorkSafe’s regulatory leadership role, and
  • improve the safety audit standard, audit process and guidance and information for the sector.

These proposals for change to the adventure activities regime are now open for public consultation. The consultation will close at 5pm on 5 November 2021.

You can find more information about the consultation, as well instructions on how to make a submission here:

Adventure Activities consultation(external link)

MBIE media contact

Email: media@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 24 August 2021