I think all of the dive operators in the country are saying the same things..
NZUA has been talking to MBIE and have been working toward getting audit approval (no-one knows diving like divers), and after a lengthy process it is not clear whether NZUA will be able to do the audits, but may be able to assist in audit preparation for compliance.
There have been rumors about whether to audit 'everything' from shop operations to the dive sites themselves, which NZUA has pointed out is idiotic, as the site changes with conditions and based on the type of diving and places that are dived, it would almost mean creating an audit for the entire coastline...
The audits will happen, there is nothing we can do to avoid this, it is not being driven by NZUA, it is being driven by a government, that is paranoid about tourists that have died doing high risk outdoor activities.
This is a response to those parents and families that have lost members in NZ, and have pointed the finger saying that NZ is a dangerous place to visit.
There will for the end user diver be an increased cost of things such as airfils, dive equipment and other services provided by dive shops as they have to recover costs which they are forced to submit to by the auditors.
This will also be reflected in the services that are provided by Charter Boats, as they offer to take divers out, and in some cases provide air fills (which may not be currently audited).
I am certain NZUA will be supporting dive shops as much as possible.
I have no doubt this might be the straw that breaks the camels back for some of the smaller operators.
I cant think of anything more relaxing, than being in the downunder, breathing some nice clean fresh filtered 21% nitrox.