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Share your views - Both Sides of the Fence website

02/06/2015 10:59am

Are you a principal, teacher or teacher aide? The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is running a survey to gather thoughts on its Both Sides of the Fence website and recent Top Outdoor S...

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Mapping system development project begins

02/06/2015 10:58am

A project has begun to explore options for the next stage of development of the Walking Access Mapping System. The number of people using the system is increasing and the development project...

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News from the field – June 2015

02/06/2015 10:24am

‘News from the field’ provides a roundup of public access topics being worked on by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s regional field advisors. This month, we hear from Geoff Holgat...

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Online mapping system helps hunters hit the mark

29/05/2015 11:44am

Planning a hunting trip in the Waikato just got easier following the introduction of new hunter access point information on the free, nationwide Walking Access Mapping System. The Waikato hu...

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Students capture NZ's 'Top Outdoor Spots'

29/04/2015 12:26pm

A stunning lakeside vista, an impressive painting of New Zealand’s tallest mountain and a well written account of a classic New Zealand family holiday have taken top honours in the 2015 To...

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Northland’s Waipu Coastal Trail extended

01/04/2015 5:49pm

A new walking trail is available for walkers to enjoy on Northland’s Bream Bay coast, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. The tra...

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Judging underway in Top Outdoor Spot competition

01/04/2015 5:47pm

A photo of an iconic New Zealand river, a drawing of an idyllic Kiwi beach, and a poem about a family trip to the farm – just some of the entries in the running to win prizes in the Top Outd...

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WAMS Survey: Help improve the mapping system

01/04/2015 5:47pm

Have you used the online Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) in the past six months? If so, the Commission is seeking your feedback via our short online WAMS User Survey. This survey asks m...

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Active NZ survey highlights Kiwi love of the outdoors

01/04/2015 5:46pm

In this column New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson comments on how New Zealanders' love of outdoor recreation shines through in the recently released results of...

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Supporting Women Walk the World

01/04/2015 5:45pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is teaming up with Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) to support the ’90km Challenge’ – the local leg of the global ‘Women Walk the World’ event. The ev...

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Cycleways, dairy and horse riding centre stage at Waikato forum

01/04/2015 5:12pm

Opportunities to access the outdoors on horseback and the legal standing of the Queen’s Chain were among the hot topics discussed at the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s recent region...

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News from the field - April 2015

01/04/2015 5:07pm

‘News from the field’ provides a roundup of public access topics being worked on by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s regional field advisors. This month, we hear from our two new ...

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Applications sought for Aspinall Scholarship

04/02/2015 2:49pm

The application deadline for the first annual J H Aspinall Scholarship closes later this month. The $5,000 scholarship supports research into public access and New Zealand’s farming heritage...

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Wishing New Zealand a great Waitangi weekend

04/02/2015 2:48pm

Waitangi Day is a truly New Zealand holiday. It celebrates our heritage and provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the stunning outdoors our country has to offer. Between Waitangi D...

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New trail information available online

04/02/2015 2:46pm

People looking for opportunities to access the outdoors can now view a selection of new biking and walking trail information on the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Walking Access Map...

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Royal recognition for access champions

04/02/2015 2:44pm

Three New Zealanders who have made significant contributions to the public access debate were honoured recently in the New Year’s Honours. Former Registrar-General of Land Brian Hayes and fo...

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Commission builds social media presence

04/02/2015 2:41pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is encouraging New Zealanders to share outdoor images from Waitangi weekend on the Commission’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Chief Executive Mark Nee...

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A great summer for a road trip

04/02/2015 2:13pm

In this column, New Zealand Walking Access Commission Board Member Penny Mudford recounts some of her holiday experiences, and touches on some of the factors that preserve New Zealand's spec...

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News from the field - February 2015

04/02/2015 2:01pm

‘News from the field’ provides a roundup of public access topics being worked on by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s regional field advisors. This month, we hear from John Gardine...

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Top Outdoor Spot competition back for 2015

29/01/2015 11:19am

Kiwi school children are being encouraged to snap photos, draw pictures and share creative descriptions of their favourite outdoor places in the 2015 Top Outdoor Spot competition. The comp...

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