Mad Dog’s uncertainty


Maritime New Zealand can’t say when Brad “Mad Dog” McLeod will know the outcome of tomorrow’s safety audit on his river boarding company.

“[It] could be found out very quickly [but] if there are things that need to be resolved, they could take a bit longer,” MNZ spokesperson Sophie Hazelhurst says.

“We just don’t know till we get there.”

Mountain Scene last week revealed Mad Dog had resumed trips with paying punters ahead of the audit. MNZ admitted knowing McLeod had restarted unaudited.

A day after last week’s revelations, McLeod suddenly announced he was suspending trips until after the audit.

Hazelhurst now says McLeod has given a commitment not to take paying passengers until he has the official all-clear.

In an August court case over English backpacker Emily Jordan’s drowning, McLeod’s company agreed to pay $146,000 in penalties after a plea bargain.

A “heart-felt” letter from Jordan’s father to Prime Minister John Key has triggered a Government enquiry into adventure tourism safety.