The NZ Mountain Safety Council’s summer media guide 

21st December 2021|2min

Attention reporters:

Looking for pre-written content for the summer break, that also encourages safety outdoors?

Here are a handful of stories you may be interested in running over the holiday period: 

**Please credit NZ Mountain Safety Council and photographers.  

Want to get in touch with us over the summer break? 

Please contact the numbers below, emails will not be monitored between 24 Dec and 10 Jan:  
1. Rebekah Wilson (Communications advisor) on 021 190 2930  
2. Mike Daisley (Chief executive) 027 443 7557
3. Nathan Watson (Operations manager) 021 885 275 

We are always more than happy to provide comments, photos and data where we can!  

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NZ Mountain Safety Council summer data 

Last summer, NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) thanked New Zealanders for being extra safety smart after no land-based outdoor recreation fatalities were recorded during December and January, for the first time in 14 years. 

And MSC is asking for this again this summer.  

Since 2007, on average there have been 3.7 deaths over the December and January period involving land-based outdoor recreation activities, including multi-day tramps and day walks, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking and hunting. However, nationally, there are on average 7500 injuries from December to February.  

MSC Chief Executive Mike Daisley is encouraging people to get out and explore the country’s tracks in the warmth of summer but asks everyone to take care.  

“If you’re new to tramping and getting in our country’s outdoors, it’s good to ease into it, start small, and ask for advice,” Daisley said.  

Daisley says the MSC’s new app, Plan My Walk, is great for helping to plan a fun and safe walk this summer whether it is a day walk, and overnight or a multi-day tramp.  

“We are encouraging users to think about their personal safety and take a few simple steps to ensuring they have a great, safe experience this summer, and make it home,” he said.