Over the past few weeks we have seen some tragic and some foolhardy occurences in the New Zealand outdoors.
We have seen mountaineers lose their lives on NZ highest mountains and we seen foolhardy people wander out into the bush ill properly prepared causing a great deal of time and expense mounted by serach parties who went out to find them.
We have also seen boaties go out ill prepared in small boats in conditions that should have indicated that boating was unwise. Some of these escapades again resulted in many people and thousands of dollars spent in finding these foolish people.
Many visitors to the country over summer are going to go out into the bush and go to sea in small boats and some are going to again get into trouble.
Please if you are thinking of going boating or walking in the bush make sure that you are properly prepared, have the appropriate clothing with you and those at base are aware of where you are going and what time you are expected to return. Do not exceed your level of competence. The NZ bush and coastline can be a lovely place to visit and the weather can change very quickly turning a simple stroll or fishing trip into a major rescue evolution.
If you are unsure of the weather dont go out. We want all our visitors to enjoy our country and go home to tell others of their happy experiences.
Happy New year.