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2017 03 07 Walking Access Champion Awards at Parliament

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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Examining access in the South Island High Country

20/06/2017 11:43am

There’s two ways that access can be expanded across New Zealand. The first approach is to take opportunities wherever they arise. The second way is to look strategically at an area, identify...

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An agile system of access

20/06/2017 11:39am

Part of the Commission’s work involves creating new access rights over land. Typically, the land is defined by survey when the parties enter into formal agreements, which are then registered...

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Top Outdoor Spot winners!

20/06/2017 11:33am

The Top Outdoor Spot competition has finished for 2017, with total entries up 37% on the previous year. The annual competition is open to primary and intermediate school students across New ...

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Negotiations at Triplex Hut in Ruahine Forest Park

News from the field - April 2017

12/04/2017 2:21pm

Joint approach to improve access to Ruahine Forest Park Nicola Henderson (Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa) Public access to an important part of the Ruahine Forest Park will be secured thanks to a...

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Two new team members welcomed in Wellington

12/04/2017 2:20pm

Our Wellington office has welcomed two new staff, with Brigid Jenkins starting as policy and partnerships advisor and Elizabeth Morris as corporate services advisor. Brigid Jenkins’ role has...

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