Adventure activity firms being told to wise up

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Queenstown outdoor safety expert Duncan Faulkner is calling on adventure tourism businesses to become compliant with new safety standards. 

Only seven local companies in adventure tourism have been accredited by OutdoorsMark, an auditor of Government-introduced industry standards, Faulkner says. 

A former local cop and chopper pilot with years of adventure tourism experience, Faulkner has set up Crown Compliance with business partner and commercial lawyer Laura Harry. 

Crown Compliance provides companies with the implementation and maintenance of industry standards under the Health & Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations prior to being audited. 

The standards were introduced by the Government after its adventure tourism review, sparked by a series of deaths. 

“If you provide any activity where you are exposed to risk and you want to charge money for it, you have to have your safety audit in place by November 1 next year, otherwise you can’t operate,” Faulkner says. 

Crown Compliance is the first outdoor safety management service in New Zealand to be accredited by OutdoorsMark, he adds.