Thank you, New Zealand, for a safety-conscious summer
Media Release | For immediate release
The NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is thanking New Zealanders and visitors who’ve been out exploring our great outdoors this summer for being extra safety smart.
With Waitangi Weekend a matter of hours away, many people are likely to take a day off to maximise the long weekend, and MSC is encouraging anyone heading out for a bush walk, tramp, hunt, run, ride or climb to continue with this positive approach to personal safety.
MSC Chief Executive Mike Daisley says that so often the focus of public safety messages and information is on ‘what not to do’ when in most instances people are doing things right and having a fantastic and safe time.
“This weekend we’re asking people to continue with that positive approach to being prepared, looking after themselves, their mates, and those around them. We’re coming out of a wonderful holiday period in which hundreds of thousands of people have successfully, and safely, spent time in our great outdoors, we want that to continue through the long weekend and well beyond.”
Historically, according to MSC insights, there have been twice as many tramping injuries, and search and rescue callouts during Waitangi Weekend compared to a typical weekend. However, Daisley says that doesn’t need to be the case, “if the positive behaviors we’ve seen over summer continue, we’re anticipating this situation could level out and we will see a reduction in long-weekend incident spikes.”
“No matter if it’s a day walk or overnighter, researching and finding the right track for you and your group’s abilities is essential. This includes checking the weather forecast, understanding how this can impact your trip, and being prepared to change your plans if the forecast isn’t suitable.
“Packing warm layers and waterproof clothing, such as a rain jacket, regardless of the weather forecast is always a smart idea,” MSC Chief Executive Mike Daisley says.
“Using the Land Safety Code as your guide when preparing is a great approach. These 5 steps were developed using extensive evidence and as we’ve seen through summer so far, when people do these well they almost always have a safe time.”
MSC’s free trip planning app, Plan My Walk, is a great way to find suitable walks or tramps, get the critical information you need such as any alerts, warnings, and weather forecast, and make use of the interactive gear lists so you don’t leave home without the essentials.
The NZ Land Safety Code:
- Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
- Understand the weather. It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.
- Pack warm clothes and extra food. Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.
- Share your plans and take ways to get help. Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.
- Take care of yourself and each other. Eat, drink, and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.
For more helpful information to enjoy the outdoors safely, including free resources and videos, visit the NZ Mountain Safety Council website.
Media contact: For interviews, please contact MSC Chief Executive on 027 443 7557