Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS) Newsletter June 2012
Commerce Commission Position Relating to Compliance with NZS 5828:2004 Play Equipment Safety Standard
The Commerce Commission has cautioned children's playground manufacturers and suppliers who say they comply with safety standards that they need to ensure they aren't making false claims. Any false claims would be in breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
Following a complaint, the Commission investigated a sample of companies that manufacture or supply playground equipment to see if they were able to support their claims of complying with the NZS 5828:2004 safety standard. Read the full media release >>
Auckland Sport and Recreation Reference Group's One Voice Newsletter
Have a look at the ways in which the ASRRG is engaging with Auckland Council in regards to recreation and sport provision - check out their first newsletter One Voice here. (pdf)
Happy Kiwis Means Happy Communities
According to a February 2012 survey released by NZ-based UMR Research, one way to ensure more happiness in your life is to increase your physical activity. While most Kiwis would admit that they feel better when they are more active, NZ Recreation Association (NZRA) takes this premise a step further in stating that physically active people are also healthy people, a fact that in turn has a trickle-down effect on the economy, creating a stronger more vibrant community. Read the rest of the media release >>
Rotorua's Aquatic Centre Leading the "Lean Wave" With Kaizen
The Kaizen Institute has recently begun supporting Rotorua District Council on their Lean journey. To date, a growing number of the RDC team has attended training, benchmarking tours and improvement focused Kaizen Events, to analyse and improve council processes. Read the newsletter for more details.
Parks Forum International Staff Exchange Programme
Parks Forum International invites all parks agencies to participate in its annual exchange programme by submitting a registration form online. Staff exchanges are an excellent opportunity for parks agencies and individuals to develop capability. Visit the Parks Forum website for more details.