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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 Wellingtonian’s need our coffee - so we’ve just told the Greater Wellington council we want mobile cafes during the weekends at some of Wellington’s sig...

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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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Sneak peek at our new website

04/04/2018 2:24pm

Later this year, we'll be launching a brand new website. The new site will bring our four sites (, Both Sides of the Fence, WAMS and Follow the Kiwi Way) under one roof ...

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Meet our new staff: Jo, Dot and Joy

04/04/2018 2:16pm

The Commission has welcomed two new staff in Wellington and a new Regional Field Advisor in Auckland recently. Jo McCabe is our new Policy and Partnerships Advisor, Joy Yang our new Corporat...

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Consultation draft: South Island High Country Access Report

27/03/2018 12:48pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has produced a draft report for consultation on public access to the outdoors in and around the South Island High Country. We’re now seeking views f...

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Community-driven inspiration

08/03/2018 11:21am

By John Gardiner What I like best about my role as the Regional Field Advisor for Northland is observing the real pleasure, pride and camaraderie that community groups enjoy at the completio...

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School children to nominate their Top Outdoor Spot

31/01/2018 12:07pm

School children across New Zealand are photographing, drawing and describing their favourite places as part of a national competition celebrating enjoyment of the great outdoors. The Top Out...

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Two years as an RFA

26/01/2018 9:58am

By Inger Perkins, West Coast Regional Field Advisor I began work as a Regional Field Advisor for the Walking Access Commission in January 2016. Before I had even started in the role, I was a...

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The latest recipients of funding from the Enhanced Access Fund

21/12/2017 9:53am

Another round of EAF grants have been made, and seven groups have been granted a total of $60,681 to use for projects that will create and enhance public access to the outdoors. The recipien...

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