Where to from Here Dive Operators?

The only organization ‘up and running’ has been Outdoors New Zealand (ONZ). They have been struggling to meet the demands of hundreds of businesses involved in adventure activities and have had cash flow difficulties. Visit: http://


They recently issued the following statement:

17 March 2014

ONZ is currently on hold pending a full review of our finances. Recently some messages have been distributed stating that the organisation is insolvent but the ONZ Board, upon reflection and obtaining new information, is not clear that this is accurate. The Board have not resolved to wind up the organisation nor has it declared insolvency.

Further on in this statement:

… If you are currently in the process of an OutdoorsMark audit, we are working hard to get these back on track so that these can be completed in time for the November deadline. The ONZ Board has a clear intention to preserve the integrity and value of OutdoorsMark as the primary accredited safety audit.

I understand the government has now stated that the November deadline will not be enforced due to the inability of audits being completed.

New Zealand Underwater Association’s commercial division has been working through the process of becoming a registered business to conduct these audits. However red flags are appearing re how viable a business it would be.

ONZ ran into cash flow problems and it seems people are starting to question if the process is workable without maybe some form of government funding! Dive operators can only pay so much. Their customers will not be too happy if their cost to partake in diving rises considerably! So at the moment everything is in limbo.

As a diver you should always insure your own safety. Do not rely on the operator to have a magic safety wand over every dive.

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