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Our Top Outdoor Spot winners!

20/10/2017 10:43am

Every year the Commission runs the Top Outdoor Spot competition, where school children can submit photos, drawings and stories/poems about their favourite outdoor places. All of the prizes f...

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Walking for Mental Awareness Week

New kid on the block

19/10/2017 5:31pm

By Amie Pont, Regional Field Advisor (Otago) Thank you for what has been a very warm and well supported introduction to the role of Otago Regional Field Advisor. From the initial trip up to ...

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Meet two new Commission staff

19/10/2017 1:35pm

Amie Point – Regional Field Advisor (Otago) Amie moved to rural Maniototo after gaining a degree in Marketing Management and Design at Otago and travelling the world for two years. Living in...

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Ribbons across the land

19/10/2017 11:47am

By Eric Pyle, Chief Executive Over the past few months the Commission has been exploring access-related issues in the Mackenzie, Waitaki and Queenstown Lakes districts. It is clear that the ...

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Access planning under the Auckland Unitary Plan

19/10/2017 9:54am

Recently the Matakana Trails Trust appealed a decision made by Auckland Council relating to a large rural subdivision. The Trust argued that by not requiring a connecting trail through the s...

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Nominations open for champions of public access to the outdoors

06/10/2017 2:23pm

The Walking Access Commission is calling for nominations of people and groups who are champions of public access to the outdoors. Nominations are open until 17 November 2017, and the winners...

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Funding to assist with the cost of providing access

13/09/2017 1:53pm

At the Walking Access Commission, we believe in free, certain and enduring public access to the outdoors. We know, however, that creating or improving public access can bring a financial cos...

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Curly questions in Banks Peninsula

23/08/2017 2:29pm

On June 9, the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and the Walking Access Commission organised a Curly Questions seminar at Kaituna Homestead. The seminar, targeted at landholders on the Penins...

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What can we learn from the Walkways Commission?

23/08/2017 2:18pm

By Eric Pyle, Chief Executive A now-retired former Chief Executive of what is now Land Information New Zealand posed this question to me: What would New Zealand look like if the Walkways Com...

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Planning a trails future for the greater Wellington region

23/08/2017 2:00pm

By Chris Ward, Regional Field Advisor (Greater Wellington and Horowhenua) Tourism Recreation and Conservation (TRC) have produced a report outlining recommendations to better market, develop...

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Welcome to our new staff member

23/08/2017 12:03pm

Phil Culling is the new Corporate Services Manager for the Commission. The Corporate Services Manager is responsible for the Commission's financial and HR systems, and plays a key role in re...

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Kerikeri: How a Walkway became reality

21/08/2017 9:45am

By John Gardiner, Regional Field Advisor (Northland) Without a doubt, the biggest buzz I get out of this job is working alongside community groups to help establish new walking opportunities...

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Come to the Outdoors Forum

17/08/2017 3:47pm

When: 4 & 5 September 2017 Where: The Boat Shed, Wellington Waterfront Registration (day two only):Click here to register yourself / click here to register multiple people Every year, the NZ...

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From suits to boots!

25/07/2017 11:16am

By Kevin Ross, regional field advisor for Taranaki and Manawatu-Whanganui Having recently retired from a district council desk job, getting to enjoy the outdoors was a major part of my retir...

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News from the field

20/06/2017 1:39pm

The joy of trails - Felicity Brough My role as a regional field advisor (RFA) is highly varied, but seeing new trails developed is one part that I particularly enjoy. The Coromandel Peninsul...

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New regional representatives in Auckland and Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu

20/06/2017 1:35pm

We’re welcoming new regional field advisors in Auckland and Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu. In Auckland, Kay Willcocks has come on board to replace the departing Margaret Horsburgh. Kay is ...

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Kauri dieback, myrtle rust and more – what you need to know

20/06/2017 1:33pm

When we are out and about in New Zealand, we have a responsibility to avoid spreading disease, pests and weeds. Through responsible behaviour, we can help keep our wildlife, plants and our l...

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Enhanced Access Fund recipients – next round now accepting applications

20/06/2017 1:30pm

The Commission has awarded six grants from the Enhanced Access Fund: $5000 to the Kauri Coast Promotion Society to support signage at two historic river walks in Dargaville. $5000 to the NZ ...

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AccessMe – arranging access in the digital age

20/06/2017 1:23pm

The J H Aspinall scholarship is named after John Aspinall. Prior to his death in 2011, John Aspinall was a South Island farming leader and passionate about access. His family still run Mt As...

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Pepin Island open day – access is about community

20/06/2017 11:45am

While sometimes public access to iconic places can be contentious, there are also many examples where Kiwis quietly get on and work it out. There is no set way, but in many places negotiated...

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