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Walking is New Zealand's favourite recreation activity

08/10/2018 4:20pm

Last month Sport NZ's Activity Survey revealed that walking is the most popular sport or recreation for adult New Zealanders. We talked to the Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Ric C...

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Children in Rotorua, Wellsford and Nelson win Top Outdoor Spot Competition

20/09/2018 10:36am

The Walking Access Commission Board has chosen winners for the Top Outdoor Spot Competition from over 300 entries from schools all around New Zealand. The winner of the writing competition T...

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New appointments to Walking Access Commission

20/09/2018 10:25am

The Walking Access Commission has five new board members, tasked with enhancing walking access opportunities across New Zealand. Cabinet has confirmed new Board members Pierre Henare, Helen ...

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Outdoor Access Champions in Dunedin, Southland and Waikato

20/09/2018 10:14am

The Commission has presented three Outdoor Access Champion awards to groups building and maintaining spectacular local tracks in Omaui, Dunedin and the Waikato. The Omaui Tracks Trust receiv...

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New CEO talks about good public access on farmland

20/09/2018 9:12am

Longstanding Walking Access Commission staff member Ric Cullinane has been appointed as the Commission’s new Chief Executive this month. Following his appointment, he took time to talk about...

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Newsletter - Spring 2018

29/08/2018 9:52am

Ngā mihi o te kōanga – spring greetings to all. We want to keep you connected with good opportunities for enhancing public access in Tāmaki Makaurau – the Auckland region. Securing outdoor ...

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$10,000 helps secure safe trail for Tasman cyclists

20/08/2018 12:35pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has made a $10,000 grant to the Nelson Cycle Trails Trust towards the cost of securing access on the Belgrove to Spooners Tunnel section of the Grea...

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New appointments to Walking Access Commission

09/08/2018 9:23am

Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri has announced five new members to the Board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission, tasked with enhancing walking access opportunities acro...

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Manawa Karioi

Chris Livesey talks about new signs for Wellington's Manawa Karioi trails

06/08/2018 8:59am

Podcast: Island Bay’s Manawa Karioi ecological restoration project has won a $5000 grant to erect signs and put in track markers that will help people walk local bush trails. The money come...

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Training men to open up trails into Te Urewera

26/07/2018 10:05am

The Walking Access Commission's kaumātua, Korotau Tamiana, describes his early work training men to create trails into the previously inaccessible Te Urewera. (Podcast 4 mins)

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It has been a great couple of years

20/07/2018 8:40am

by Eric Pyle, Chief Executive I have thoroughly enjoyed my two and a half years in this role. It is with a sad heart that I return to the energy sector, to work in the solar/battery area. Th...

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How complete is the public access data shown on WAMS?

20/07/2018 8:28am

by Eric Pyle, Chief Executive How much public access is there in New Zealand? How much can the Commission’s Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) display? If we can't display all public acces...

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What’s hot in the Greater Wellington Region: coffee!

09/07/2018 11:52am

By Chris Ward, Regional Field Advisor Wellingtonians need our coffee - so we’ve just told the Greater Wellington council we want mobile cafes during the weekends at some of Wellington’s sign...

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Matakana Trail Leaders Workshop

Auckland trail leaders debate the future

09/07/2018 11:49am

By Dot Dalziel, Regional Field Advisor A sunny autumn morning brought a promising start to the second Auckland Trail Leaders workshop. Matakana Coast Trails Trust and the Walking Access Comm...

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Two new staff join Commission

09/07/2018 11:46am

Two new staff have joined the Commission in Wellington. Danica Torres is the Commission’s GIS Analyst and Stephen Day is the Communications Advisor. Danica Torres previously she worked as a ...

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Top outdoor spot competition

09/07/2018 11:42am

Entries have closed for this year’s Top Outdoor Spot Competition. Students from around New Zealand submitted photos, drawings and descriptions of their favourite outdoor places to be in with...

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Creating opportunities for kiwi walkers from foreign land sales

06/07/2018 11:51am

One of the Commission’s interesting jobs is to look at applications by overseas investors to buy sensitive land. Our role is to consider if there are any access opportunities for New Zealand...

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Outdoors Forum considers Kauri Dieback

06/07/2018 11:38am

The 2018 Outdoors Forum is only a few weeks away and registrations are open now. It is the networking and motivational event for leaders in the outdoor recreation and education space. And th...

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Always look back

06/07/2018 11:10am

Our kaumātua, Korotau Tamiana Maihana-Tait talks about why he always looks backwards when travelling through the bush (PODCAST 2mins).

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What's missing on our maps?

04/04/2018 2:36pm

By Eric Pyle, Chief Executive So how complete is the Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS)? When I had only been in this role a few months, a user outlined to me the amount of missing access ...

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