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Media Releases 2011

PDF-ICON Weather Warning- Mountain Safety Council urges caution in outdoors as heavy rain falls, December 2011
As heavy rain falls in parts of the country, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council strongly recommends that trampers, hunters and other back-country enthusisats carefully consider their choices before venturing into the outdoors. (529kb)
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PDF-ICON Joint MSC & Water Safety New Zealand - Take care around rivers is the message from MSC and Water Safety NZ, December 2011
During the summer holidays the call to “head into the outdoors” is stronger than ever, and this provides a timely opportunity to remind those who are staying local, as well as backcountry users including trampers and hunters, to be aware of the hazards posed by New Zealand’s rivers. (459kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - Mountain Safety Council advises hunters to follow the seven basic rules of firearms at all times, December 2011
The tragic death of a 23 year old who died whilst hunting rabbits on a property near Wanaka last night highlights the need for hunters to follow all parts of the seven basic rules of firearms safety says Mike Spray, Firearms and Hunter Training Programme Manager for the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.(442kb)
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PDF-ICON BUSH - Mountain Safety Council urges caution in the outdoors during sever weather period, December 2011
Following the sever weather that is being experienced across the country, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) strongly recommends that trampers, hunters and other back country enthusiats carefull consider their choices before venturing into the outdoors.  (446kb)
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PDF-ICON BUSH - Four deaths in four days shocking start to the summer, December 2011
The deaths of four people in four days in the outdoors is a shocking start to the summer season says New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Chief Executive Darryl Carpenter. (446kb)
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PDF-ICON BUSH - Tramper death in Mt Richmond Forest Park highlights dangers of river crossing, December 2011
The tragic death of an experienced tramper who drowned in the Mt Richmond Forest Park highlights the need to take extreme caution when encountering tivers, especially on solo trips. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) strongly recommends considering three questions when facing a reiver crossing situation. (442kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - Firearms safety message spreading around rural Northland, November 2011
The recently launched firearms safety programme called Whakatūpato has been operating in Mangamuka since May this year, and further to its success, the Mountain Safety Council are pleased to announce that the first programme has now taken place at Parapara Marae (Ngati Kahu). (440kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - Rescued hunter is a reminder to plan and prepare well before heading off into remote country, November 2011
The safe rescue of an inexperienced hunter earlier this week in a remote area of the Kaimanawa Ranges was good news, however the outcome could have been quite different if the weather had not been so favourable. Mountain Safety Council Hunter Training Programme Manager Mike Spray, highlights the importance of thorough planning and preparation before heading off for a day trip hunting. (440kb)
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PDF-ICON BUSH - Mountain Safety Council urges trampers to be cautious during severe weather period, October 2011
Following the severe weather warning issued by MetService today, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) strongly recommends that trampers and other bush users carefully consider their choices before venturing into the outdoors. (442kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - Careful Trip planning and emergency preparedness key to safe hunting this spring, September 2011

Hunters venturing into the bush this spring are being urged by Mike Spray, from the Mountain Safety Council, to ensure they are adequately equipped and use the Outdoor Safety Code as the basis for their preparation. (164kb)

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PDF-ICON BUSH - Mountain Safety Council Urges Trampers to complete an Outdoors Intentions Form, August 2011
Bush Programme Manager, Chris Owens urges trampers to follow the Outdoor Safety Code and complete an intentions form prior to venturing out into the outdoors. (456kb)
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PDF-ICON AVALANCHE - MSC Advises Skiers and trampers to take extreme care during severe weather period, August 2011
Alpine & Avalanche Programme Manager, Andrew Hobman recommends that people take extreme care before heading into the mountains until weather and snowpack conditions have improved. (515kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - Police Commissioner launches new Firearms Safety Programme, June 2011
Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall and the Mountain Safety Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Carpenter, launched a new firearms safety programme, called “Whakatūpato”  in Rotorua.  (164kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - New Firearms Safety Programme Proving to be a Success for East Coasters, June 2011
“East Coasters now have better access to firearms safety training and it is great to see more communities participating and benefiting from our programme,” says Tracy Wakeford, the Whakatūpato Programme co-ordinator. (162kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - East coasters invited to sign up for Hunter National Training Scheme Programme, June 2011
MSC Gisborne is delighted to announce HUNTS course will run in August/September and booking are open now.  (147kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - 'Mangamuka leads the way with new firearms safety programme in Northland, May 2011 
Tracy Wakeford is delighted at the success of the first Whakatupato programme to be delivered in Northland.  (439kb)
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PDF-ICON BUSH - 'Mountain Safety Council Urges Trampers to Check the Weather', May 2011 
Chris Owens comments in response to the two tennagers who became lost in the Ruahine National Park at the weekend and urges all trmapers to check the weather and follow the Outdoor Safety Code.  (515kb)
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PDF-ICON FIREARMS - 'Duck Hunter Death a Tragedy' says Mountain Safety Council , May 2011 
Mike Spray comments in response to the tragic death of a duck shooter on the opening day of the season and urges all firearms users to follow the 7 basic rules of firearms safety contained in the Firearms Safety Code.  (444kb)
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AVALANCHE - Mountain Safety Council Announces Avalanche Conference to Go Ahead in Christchurch, April 2011
'After the recent eartquake, we looked at moving the conference to another city but after careful consideration we have decided to keep it here in Christchurch. This is a good opportunity for MSC to support the City to get back on its feet again.' Conference registration now open and spaces limited. (436kb)

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FIREARMS - Mountain Safety Council Warns Duck Hunters to Avoid Alcohol When Shooting, April 2011 
Unfortunately each season some shooters choose to breach Rule 7 of the Firearms Safety Code which clearly states: Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms. The warning from Mike Spray is quite clear “Alcohol and firearms do not mix, EVER."  (444kb)

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PDF-ICON BUSH - Runners and Bikers Urged to Follow the Outdoor Safety Code, April 2011 
The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council is urging anyone going into the great outdoors to use the Outdoor Safety Code, following an increase in the number of track runners and mountain bikers in remote areas requiring an emergency response by Search and Rescue. (480kb)
 

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PDF-ICON BUSH - MSC Recommends taking appropriate communications devices when venturing into remote areas, April 2011 
Whilst cell phone coverage is generally good across New Zealand, their usefulness in remote wilderness areas can be very limited. People venturing out into the wilderness are reminded not to be reliant on cell phones in case of emergency. (516kb)
 

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FIREARMS - Hunter Tragedy Serves as a Reminder to Follow the Firearms Safety Code, April 2011 
The tragic death of Taupo Hunter, Roger Kirk, highlights the need for anyone in possession of a firearm to follow the seven basic rules of the Firearms Safety Code at all times, says the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council. (440kb)

 

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FIREARMS - The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council: Gun Safety Training in Kindergartens, March 2011 
Mountain Safety's Council's view in response to media reports that children at kindergartens are receiving gun safety training. MSC welcomes any initiatives that reinforce the firearms safety message. (440kb)

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FIREARMS - The Mountain Safety Council Reminds Hunters to Follow Rule Number 3, February 2011 
As the 'Roar' approaches, Mountain Safety Council reminds hunters to follow rule number 3 of the 7 basic rules of firearms handling: 'Load your firearm only when you are ready to fire'. (440kb)

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CORPORATE - MSC Sends Message of Support to Christchurch, February 2011
The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council says it's thoughts are with the people are Christchurch after the devasting earthquake on February 22. (435kb)

 

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PDF-ICON  BUSH - MSC Praises Tramper's Use of Outdoors Intentions Form, February 2011
The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council praises the use of an Outdoor Intentions form by English Tramper James Esbester, who was successfully rescued by search and rescue services. (531kb)
 

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BUSH - MSC Reminds Trampers to Take all River Crossings Seriously, February 2011
The disappearance of an experienced hunter, believed ot have been swept down a Bay of Plenty river, highlights the need for extra vigilance and care to be taken when considering crossing rivers. (518kb)

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PDF-ICON  FIREARMS - Lessons from a Tragedy, February 2011
The sentencing of Andrew Mears for shooting Rosemary Ives in a tragic hunting incident in 2010, highlights the need for all firearms users to refocus on the seven basic rules of firearms safety. (433kb)
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