Guide on farmers' H&S responsibilities to recreational visitors

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has developed a helpful guide that answers frequently asked questions about the responsibilities of farm owners and managers towards people seeking recreational access.

The guide addresses questions such as whether farmers are liable if a member of the public is injured on public land intersecting or adjoining their farm, and when landholders have a duty to warn people of hazards.

Commission chief executive Eric Pyle said health and safety was a hot topic following the implementation of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and the guide aimed to answer common questions and address some of the myths.

“What this document does is address questions we frequently get from farmers, and others we think they may find useful to know the answers to.

“The Commission is committed to improving access around the country, and one of the ways we do this is to ensure all parties understand their rights and obligations. We are looking out for farmers and for the people who pass through their land.â€

Page last updated: Sep 8, 2020, 3:46 PM