6. Safety and wellbeing
Tourism New Zealand is committed to maintaining a
healthy and safe work environment for its employees
and contractors in undertaking its activities. In 2015/16
we identified the need to have two Safety and Wellness
Committees (rather than one), to improve employee
participation in safety and wellness due to the
constraints of timezones in the 12 countries which we
The committees are progressively working to identify
and address initiatives that support maintaining
employee health, safety and wellness for their
respective regions and across the whole organisation.
We have continued to provide a great hosting and driver
training programme to ensure that all staff who host and
drive are skilled to do so safely and to a high standard.
Measures indicate these programmes continue to be
very successful and our employees feel increasingly that
safety and wellness is well managed.
With a change to the safety legislation in New Zealand,
a programme of work has been undertaken to ensure
that all practicable steps are taken to maintain a safe
working environment for our staff and others who work
with us. We have identified operational activities where
Tourism New Zealand acts in the capacity of a Person
Conducting a Business Undertaking (PCBU) and we
have established a process to ensure that together with
other PCBUs we are taking all practicable measures to
maintain the safety of staff, contractors and others.
Workplace assessments and the provision of special
equipment continue to be undertaken and provided to
ensure that employees are able to contribute effectively
in all aspects of their working life.