Safety Advisor goes bush in recent site visit to south’s largest fenced wildlife sanctuary

06 Oct 2022


Site Safe has a team of specialist consultants who provide advice on workplace safety, including the design and implementation of health and safety management systems across the country.

Last week, our Tasman/Marlborough Health and Safety Advisor Aaron Kennaway exchanged the construction site for native bush while doing some consultancy work with the team at the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary Trust.

The community-based wildlife Sanctuary, near the heart of Nelson, has about 15km of a fully fenced bird sanctuary and about 120km of tracks and trap/monitoring lines - making it the largest fenced sanctuary for endangered plants and creatures in the South Island.

The Sanctuary is about the same size as the city of Nelson is free of introduced mammalian pests, the trust’s Chief Executive Ru Collin said.

Those at the trust and its many volunteers are working towards restoring a fully functioning forest ecosystem to allow our native species most at threat from predators and pests to survive and thrive

Aaron and Ru scoured some areas of interest within the bird sanctuary to better understand the environment in which their 14 paid workers, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of visitors navigate.

Improving the safety of our workplaces and ensuring Kiwi workers return to their whānau each day is extremely important to our organisation. That’s why our team of highly qualified and experienced Safety, Health & Environmental Advisors are dedicated to workplace accident reduction and raising health and safety awareness across a wide range of industries.

Ru said the Sanctuary is seeking to maintain its current accreditation of ISO 45001 standards and appreciates the process Site Safe adopts by involving pre-audit preparation, such as the walks and learning about the Sanctuary environment before formal audits are undertaken.

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