Introduction

Find out how a New Zealand safety equipment and apparel company is supporting conservation in Fiordland.

People preparing to board a helicopter.
DOC Fiordland operations staff wearing Styx Mill safety gear
Image: Humphrey Mitchell ©

Styx Mill is a Christchurch based family business established in 1991, providing technical apparel and PPE solutions to the safety and agriculture sectors. Styx Mill wholesales to three continents from a manufacturing base in Christchurch, with physical locations in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.

The partnership

This pioneering partnership will see DOC's Fiordland Recreation/Historic team supplied with Styx Mill products to assist with carrying out their duties safely. The partnership began in April 2015 and will initially run for three years. Fit for purpose PPE is fundamental in the DOC workplace, where 'Injury free and safe home every day' is a priority for all staff.

The Fiordland Recreation/Historic team of DOC manages the recreation assets and historic sites within the 1.2 million hectare Fiordland National Park. This team's work includes maintaining approximately 800 km of tracks, 68 huts, 181 toilets, 22 archaeological sites, and over 500 bridges.

Humphrey Mitchell, Styx Mill General Manager said "Fiordland National Park is an icon for New Zealanders, overseas visitors, and is a source of fascination for our international clients. It is hard to understand the effort required to maintain the park's immense infrastructure. Styx Mill is proud to be supporting DOC in its conservation work, promoting safe practices in a New Zealand workplace as beautiful as Fiordland National Park."

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