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The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) was formed in 1965 in response to concerns over the increasing number of incidents in the bush and mountains. Representatives from a number of government and recreational organisations formed an incorporated society with the goal of enhancing safety in outdoor adventure activities.

The MSC today

Today, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is a national organisation with a mandate from our member organisations to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities.

We facilitate the setting of standards, offer training and education opportunities, create and distribute resources, lead public awareness campaigns and foster positive support in the community so that more people can discover and enjoy New Zealand’s outdoors safely.

Our Mission is to:

  • Enable people to enjoy their recreation safely in the outdoors.
  • Foster positive community support for outdoor safety.
  • Promote the development and maintenance of national outdoor safety standards for land-based activities.

Our outcome:

  • More people participating safely in land-based outdoor activity.

Our goals are that:

  • An increased number of leaders, teachers, instructors and guides are inspired, inspiring, competent and retained as leaders.
  • Groups and clubs effectively promote and deliver increased safety in the outdoors.
  • Commercial operators operate safely.
  • The community is more aware of outdoor safety.
  • MSC is financially strong.


The disciplines in which we are involved include:






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