KiwiRail. Another NZ Safety Fail?

The NZ press has been full of various versions of a story about two disabled passengers (a woman in a wheelchair and her partially sighted husband). The couple almost came to grief when their train started to pull away whilst they were still on a disabled ramp suspended between the train and the station platform.…

Kids Burned On NZ Play Equipment

Why is it that in New Zealand councils seem to think that putting signs up is the answer to dangers in play parks? You’d think after the scalding death of the little Toromon in Rotorua’s Kuirau Park, councils would have learned that signs are not enough where the safety of  young children is paramount. This…

Safety Gaps Found In Adventure Tourism Review

Media outlets are reporting on the  long awaited release of New Zealand’s Adventure Tourism safety review. The review was instigated after the father of drowned river boarding tourist, Emily Jordan, wrote to John Key calling safety regulation in New Zealand “third world.” The two main outcomes are that there are recommendations that adventure tourism Operators…

Alistair McWhannell Guilty Of Manslaughter In Swing Bridge Death

In what must be a landmark decision in adventure tourism in New Zealand company director Alistair McWhannell has just been found guilty of the manslaughter of Catherine Peters. “Adventure company director Alistair McWhannell has been found guilty of the manslaughter of student Catherine Peters, who fell to her death while bridge-swinging last year. A jury…