The Dark Sky Project in Tekapo is one of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s attractions now requiring vaccine passes. (File photo)
Vaccine passes are now required in all Ngāi Tahu tourism operations
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Group Business Services Director Jo Allison said it was social and corporate responsibility to support vaccinations in the interest of the public good.
The move took effect on Friday and includes the Dark Sky Project in Takapō / Tekapo, Shotover Jet, Dart River Adventures, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Agrodome, National Kiwi Hatchery, Hukafalls Jet, All Blacks Experience, and Hollyford Wilderness Experience. .
“We know that vaccination is the most effective way to minimize the spread of the virus and keep people healthy,” Allison said.
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Dark Sky Project’s commercial director Jared Simcox said the policy was implemented quickly.
“We also have the retail here and the attractions business, so we had to work out the rules quickly and take a conservative approach,” Simcox said.
Dark Sky Project employed 34 people and is expected to have 40 to 45 by July of next year.
Simcox said November was weaker than expected from a business perspective, but the previous months had outperformed.
Bookings were strong from December 19 to the end of February, he said.
“Despite the sadness and gloom, we feel quite optimistic. Four staff members joined us this week.
Allison said Ngāi Tahu Tourism takes their health and safety obligations to all kaimahi, manuhiri, whānau and communities very seriously.
“With the highly infectious communities of the Delta variant entering communities, the focus is on vaccinations as the most powerful and effective tool to minimize the spread of infection,” Allison said.
“We need those who visit our attractions to have the peace of mind that the person they’re sitting next to on the Shotover Jet, or the person they’re ice hiking with at Franz Josef Glacier Guides has the best protection available against Covid-19. “
Allison said attractions will continue to follow government guidelines for localized outbreaks and implement secondary measures where necessary, such as strict hygiene measures, social distancing, wearing of masks and scanning.
“Ngāi Tahu Tourism also strongly encourages a 100% vaccination rate for its own staff and has allowed staff to take time off work to get vaccinated.
“Like many employers across the country, the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu office is working through a consultation process with all staff on an immunization policy,” said Allison.