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Malcolm Pullman (NZPA) Malcolm Pullman (NZPA)
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Every Everyyear yearthousands thousandsofofpeople peopleenjoy enjoyNew NewZealand’s Zealand’s outdoors outdoorsand andforforthe thevast vastmajority majorityit’sit’sananenjoyable enjoyableand and safe safe experience. experience.However, However, sometimes sometimes unfortunate unfortunate incidents incidents occur occurwhich whichoften ofteninvolve involvepeople peoplewho whounderestimate underestimatethe the planning, planning, preparation preparation and and sometimes sometimes the the skills skills required required forfor the the outdoors outdoors activity activity they they are are undertaking. undertaking.
Whilst Whilst there there areare always always been been a lot a lot of of outdoors outdoors safety safety resources resources available available and and previous previous campaigns, campaigns, have have been been reasonably reasonably successful, successful, it was it was also also recognised recognised that that there there may may have have been been tootoo much much information, information, that that it was it was often often inconsistent inconsistent across across organisations organisations and and also also difficult difficult to to locate. locate. The The AdventureSmart AdventureSmart website website therefore therefore solves solves this this problem problem and and is is currently currently being being promoted promoted asas thethe place place to to gogo forfor triptrip planning planning information. information. Visit Visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz www.adventuresmart.org.nz forfor more more information. information.
In In a joint a joint initiative, initiative, leading leading outdoor outdoor organisations organisations and and government government agencies agencies including, including, New New Zealand Zealand Search Search and and Rescue Rescue Council, Council, thethe New New Zealand Zealand Mountain Mountain Safety Safety Council, Council, Police, Police, LandSAR, LandSAR, Department Department of of Conservation Conservation and andRescue RescueCo-ordination Co-ordinationCentre Centrehave havecreated createdand andexpanded expandedthethe AdventureSmart AdventureSmartwebsite, website,promoted promoted3 3safety safetycodes codesforforthetheOutdoors, Outdoors, Water Water and and Boating, Boating, plus plus revisited revisited and and improved improved thethe New New Zealand Zealand Outdoors Outdoors Intentions Intentions process. process.
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Read Read onon to to find find outout more more about about these these exciting exciting initiatives initiatives and and how how they they can can help help youyou stay stay safe safe in in thethe outdoors. outdoors.
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New New Zealand Zealand is is a natural a natural adventure adventure playground playground with with soso many many outdoors outdoors opportunities opportunities to to enjoy. enjoy. From From boating boating and and fishing, fishing, camping camping and and tramping, tramping, to to swimming, swimming, surfing surfing and and ski-ing...the ski-ing...the possibilities possibilities areare endless. endless. The The aim aim of of AdventureSmart AdventureSmart is is to to help help everyone everyone enjoy enjoy their their experiences experiences safely safely and and provide provide both both residents residents and and visitors visitors to to New New Zealand Zealand with with one one online onlinelocation locationforforsafety safetyinformation informationand andplanning planningsupport, support,prior priorto to engaging engaging in in land, land, snow, snow, water, water, boating boating and and airair activities. activities. Duncan Duncan Ferner, Ferner,from fromthetheNZNZSearch Search& &Rescue RescueCouncil, Council,says: says: “AdventureSmart “AdventureSmart has has good good advice advice forfor everyone, everyone, regardless regardless of of ability ability or or experience. experience. “Easy “Easy access access to to this this information information means means that that those those taking taking part part in in recreational recreational activities activities onon offer offer in in New New Zealand Zealand willwill bebe better better prepared prepared and and make make better better decisions decisions which which willwill in in turn turn hopefully hopefully reduce reduce incidents.” incidents.” Other Other features features include: include: • •more more than than a thousand a thousand up-to-date up-to-date external external links links to to safety safety information information • •videos videos onon various various topics topics from from thethe outdoor outdoor safety safety code code to to avalanche avalanche awareness awareness • •advice adviceononwhere whereto togogoto toup-skill up-skilland andlearn learnmore, more,forforinstance instance Coastguard’s Coastguard’s boating boating education education programme. programme.
“AdventureSmart “AdventureSmarthas hasgood goodadvice advice for foreveryone, everyone,regardless regardlessofofability abilityand and - Duncan Ferner, Ferner, NZSAR NZSAR Council Council experience.” experience.”- Duncan
This This idea idea is nothing is nothing new new and and forfor many many years, years, thethe Mountain Mountain Safety Safety Council Council provided provided a pink a pink ‘Backcountry ‘Backcountry Intentions’ Intentions’ form form which which could could bebe leftleft with with family family or or friends friends and and even even at at some some DOC DOC visitor visitor centres. centres. However, However, in in light light of of progress progress and and new new technology, technology, thethe pink pink form form is is being being phased phased outout and and new new form, form, which which youyou can can also also type type straight straight into into and and email, email, has has been been introduced. introduced.
“Spending “Spending a few a few minutes minutes completing completing a form a form (whether (whether youyou choose choose to to dodo it it online online or or not) not) could could bebe lifelife saving. saving. Providing Providing detailed detailed information information such such asas where where youyou areare going, going, where where youyou areare planning planning to to stay, stay, who who is with is with youyou and and what what equipment equipment youyou areare carrying carrying is invaluable is invaluable to to search search and and rescue rescue teams teams and and can can vastly vastly improve improve your your chances chances of of being being found found and and rescued rescued quickly,” quickly,” added added MrMr Carpenter. Carpenter.
SoSo while while thethe essence essence of of thethe Outdoors Outdoors Intentions Intentions process process hasn’t hasn’t changed, changed, and and there there is a is still a still a form, a form, some some new new mechanisms mechanisms by by which which youyou can can now now ‘tell ‘tell someone’ someone’ have have also also been been introduced introduced which which include: include:
This This process process can can allall bebe done done from from thethe comfort comfort of of your your armchair, armchair, before before youyou even even setset foot foot outside outside of of your your front front door door and and your your trusted trusted friend friend or or family family member member doesn’t doesn’t even even have have to to bebe in in thethe same same country, country, which which in in turn turn makes makes it it easier easier forfor visitors visitors to to send send anan email email home home with with their their triptrip details.” details.”
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• •anan online online form form which which users users complete complete and and send send to to a trusted a trusted friend friend or or family family member member
AdventureSmart AdventureSmart is also is also thethe home home of of New New Zealand’s Zealand’s Outdoor, Outdoor, Boating Boating and and Water Water Safety Safety Codes. Codes. Make Make sure sure youyou ‘know ‘know before before youyou go’go’ by by reading reading and and following following thethe 4 or 4 or 5 simple 5 simple and and easy easy to to remember remember rules. rules.
• •a aform formwhich whichcan canbebedownloaded downloadedand andprinted printedor orcompleted completed electronically electronically • •links links to to approved approved external external online online providers providers
The The rules rules areare especially especially useful useful forfor overseas overseas visitors visitors who who may may have have little little knowledge knowledge of of New New Zealand Zealand butbut equally equally applicable applicable to to Kiwis, Kiwis, especially especially those those who who may may bebe trying trying a new a new activity activity or or visiting visiting anan unfamiliar unfamiliar part part of of thethe country. country. Examples Examples of of thethe simple simple rules rules include: include: • •TellTell someone someone your your plans plans and and leave leave a time a time and and date date forfor when when to to raise raise thethe alarm alarm if you if you haven’t haven’t returned. returned. (Outdoor (Outdoor Safety Safety Code). Code). • •Watch Watch outout forfor yourself yourself and and others others - always - always watch watch children children around around water. water. Swim Swim with with others othersand and in in lifeguard lifeguard zones. zones. (Water (Water Safety Safety Code). Code). • •Skipper Skipper Responsibility Responsibility – keep – keep everyone everyone safe safe – stay – stay within within thethe limits limits of of your your vessel vessel and and your your experience. experience. (Boating (Boating Safety Safety Code). Code). The The codes codes areare available available asas fullfull colour colour posters posters and and can can bebe downloaded downloaded free free of of charge charge from from www.adventuresmart.org.nz www.adventuresmart.org.nz
NZ NZOutdoors OutdoorsIntentions IntentionsProcess Process There Thereis isalso alsoa acomprehensive comprehensiveOutdoors OutdoorsIntentions Intentionsprocess processforforlandlandbased based activities activities which which can can greatly greatly assist assist search search and and rescue rescue agencies agencies if if anan incident incident occurs. occurs. The The process process provides provides outdoors outdoors enthusiasts enthusiasts with with easily easily accessible accessible ways ways to to follow follow rule rule number number 2 of 2 of thethe Outdoor Outdoor Safety Safety Code Code which which is ‘tell is ‘tell someone’. someone’. At At itsits most most basic basic level level ‘tell ‘tell someone’ someone’ means means if you if you areare going going tramping tramping or or hunting hunting or or engaging engaging in in other other land-based land-based outdoors outdoors activity, activity, youyou should should telltell someone someone where where youyou areare going, going, when when and and how how to to raise raise thethe alarm alarm if you if you haven’t haven’t returned returned by by a certain a certain time time and and date. date. “One “One of of thethe core core principles principles of of going going into into thethe outdoors outdoors is that is that safety safety is your is your responsibility,” responsibility,” says says Mountain Mountain Safety Safety Council Council CEO, CEO, Darryl Darryl Carpenter. Carpenter. “We “We believe believe that that by by encouraging encouraging people people to to ‘plan ‘plan your your trip’ trip’ combined combined with with providing providingananaccessible accessibleand anduser-friendly user-friendlyOutdoors OutdoorsIntentions Intentionsprocess, process, means means that that taking taking responsibility responsibility is now is now much much easier,” easier,” added added MrMr Carpenter. Carpenter.
ToTofind findout outmore moreabout aboutAdventureSmart AdventureSmartand andhow howit itcan canhelp help you you plan plan and and prepare prepare forfor your your outdoors outdoors activity; activity; download download your your own own copy copy ofof the the safety safety codes; codes; oror complete complete your your Outdoors Outdoors Intentions, Intentions, please please visit visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz www.adventuresmart.org.nz