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Lee Valley Waimea River

Better public access to new Waimea Dam

07/11/2018 9:47am

Good work by our Regional Field Officer Penny Wardle means that people will have better public access to the proposed Waimea Dam in the Lee Valley. Penny Wardle wrote a Walking Access Commis...

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Lake Hawea horse trekking

Our trail network and the Living Standards Framework

05/11/2018 3:37pm

The Finance Minister and Treasury have developed the Government’s new Living Standards Framework. This framework measures the value of things not just by their contribution to gross domestic...

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Texas Lindsay Wellsford School Top Spot 2018

Wellsford girl wins Top Outdoor Spot prize

05/11/2018 2:32pm

Texas looked shocked when I called out her name in assembly.  It had been several months since she wrote the prize-winning poem describing a Top Outdoor Spot – Cape Reinga.  In the interveni...

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Mycoplasma Bovis

Mycoplasma Bovis - information for people crossing farms

25/10/2018 2:49pm

If you are tramping, cycling or horse trekking across a farm you need to be aware of Mycoplasma bovis. It does not pose any risk to you, but you can take some simple steps to stop it spreadi...

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Whareroa Farm Kapiti Coast

Climate change and the Walking Access Commission

19/10/2018 11:11am

This month the IPCC described the changes we need to make to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels as “technically possible” - but it said we will require "rapid, far-reac...

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tongariro national park

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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24hrs in Totaranui story full view

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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2018 Board at Paradise Glenorchy

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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Omaui Tracks Trust

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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Ric Cullinane

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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Big Omaha Trail field visit with Ian Macdonald

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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MG 1971

$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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2016 Eric Pyle on Daltons Track Marlborough

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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Public Access Areas Whakatane

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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Korokoro Dam Belmont Regional Park

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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