Little Brown Kiwi | Safety
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Little Brown Kiwi aligns itself with the rigorous New Zealand Adventure Activity Regulations introduced in 2011. Although voluntary for an organisation with such a diverse range of activities, Little Brown Kiwi recognises the importance of ensuring compliance with industry standards to achieve the safest experiences possible. The Little Brown Kiwi Safety System includes facets that ensure the identification and management of potential hazards, reflective protocols that strive for continued improvement in safe operations, support of Little Brown Kiwi Staff in regards to training and development and a full audit process required of all contracted organisations. The Safety System includes detailed communication with the school prior to and during a trip, in order to determine potential risk and initiate management strategies to increase the level of safety for all.

Other steps taken with regard to safety:

  • Qualmark status has been awarded to Little Brown Kiwi (this includes an independent audit of Little Brown Kiwi systems).
  • The directors and other LBK staff are active members of NZ LANDSAR.
  • Each and every activity chosen by LBK must comply with the highest industry and government regulated safety standards.
  • For each activity, LBK views the necessary documentation, researches, operating history, visits the contractor at their site and completes a safety audit.
  • The company constantly seeks up to date professional knowledge and feedback from industry leaders.

When there is the need for medical assistance or evacuation, LBK has the infrastructure in place to ensure this happens instantly and smoothly. New Zealand has excellent medical care and LBK has instant access to Doctors and Hospitals at all times on every trip. Our itineraries are designed to ensure that we are always in reach of the closest medical centre. A complete list of our closest hospitals and contacts at each location will be given to both the trip leader and to the school, before the trip departs. In an emergency situation, we have access to air evacuation if needed.

Little Brown Kiwi employees are fully trained in Wilderness Emergency First Aid. LBK is experienced and qualified in International Risk Assessment and has visited and accredited every activity included on our itineraries. Our staff are contactable by parents/school 24 hours a day.

The nation is considered the world’s safest thanks in part to Kiwi society’s high respect for human rights and lack of hostility toward foreigners, along with the low risk of political instability and internal conflict.