Health and safety

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Farmers' obligations towards recreational visitors

The law enables farmers to grant access to recreational visitors. They are still obliged to warn visitors of risks that they wouldn’t normally expect on a farm.

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Visitors who pay for access

If a landholder is charging a fee for access, an activity that might have been purely recreational, such as access to a fishing spot, becomes a workplace activity.

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A duty to warn people about hazards

A flowchart outlining the health and safety responsibilities of farmers to recreational visitors

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COVID-19 and outdoor recreation

What does COVID-19 mean for the NZ Walking Access Commission, and for public access to the outdoors? We share advice from a range of experts.

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