SAFE (7233) is a free text intentions service, this service is not monitored nor intended as a substitute for written Outdoor Intentions.
When going into the outdoors, plan and prepare for a safe trip by following the 5 simple rules of New Zealand’s outdoor safety code.
Always tell someone your plans
Complete your Outdoors Intentions before you leave. You can use the tools at www.adventuresmart.org.nz to let a trusted friend or family member know where you are going and a date and time they should raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.
About SAFE (7233)
The SAFE (7233) text message service is provided to anyone wishing to record their travel intentions within New Zealand. The service is provided free by Telecom New Zealand Limited, Vodafone New Zealand Limited and 2degrees Mobile Ltd. Vodafone New Zealand and 2degrees Mobile customers can also use the service overseas.
Messages are not monitored, but are stored for 12 months (Telecom and 2degrees Mobile) or for 3 months (Vodafone) and can be retrieved later on request by Police if necessary to assist in the location of a person. Messages include the date and time the message was sent. The databases store text messages only, not pxt or video.
The service is not a substitute for 111, which should always be called in an emergency.
There are no privacy implications for investigating Police requesting access to the text messages, or for Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees Mobile providing the text messages to Police because people using the service intend Police have access to the database as required.
From the perspective of the Telecom, Vodafone or 2degrees Mobile customer, the service appears to be integrated. However, for technical reasons Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees Mobile maintain their own databases for m