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No need for nerves when asking for access

02/10/2015 12:03pm

Do you feel apprehensive about approaching landholders for access across their property? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Walking Access Survey 2015, six out of 10 New Zealanders (6...

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Linking New Zealand through joined up trails

02/10/2015 11:58am

In this column, New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chairman John Forbes discusses the benefits of a regional approach to trail development. You seldom meet a tramper or hunter who is worr...

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Importance of access highlighted at Canterbury forum

02/10/2015 11:57am

The recent regional forum in Canterbury showcased how important access is to outdoor recreation groups in the region, and how passionate they are about maintaining and improving access to th...

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Aspiring scholars sought for public access scholarship

02/10/2015 11:55am

Applications are being sought for a $5,000 scholarship that will support study into public access to the outdoors and New Zealand’s farming heritage. Launched in 2014, the John H Aspinall Sc...

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Advice on landholder health and safety obligations

02/10/2015 11:44am

A fact sheet is being developed by the Commission to provide guidance to farmers, forestry companies and other land managers on their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015...

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News from the field - October 2015

02/10/2015 11:42am

‘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 Felicity Bro...

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Name change for Accessing NZ newsletter

02/10/2015 10:00am

Readers of our October newsletter may have noticed that the name of our newsletter has been changed to “Linking New Zealand”. This change reflects the Commission’s focus on building links be...

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New mobile WAMS corrects performance issues

18/08/2015 4:11pm

A new mobile version of the Walking Access Mapping System has been released to improve performance for users on modern smartphones and tablets. The latest version, which is now the default f...

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Survey: New Zealanders passionate about outdoors

05/08/2015 8:56am

Do New Zealanders care about access to the outdoors? Do we regularly get out and about for recreation? The answer to both is a resounding yes, according to the findings of the Walking Access...

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Applications welcome for Enhanced Access Fund

05/08/2015 8:53am

Groups undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors are encouraged to apply for funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. A total of $63,000...

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Outdoor achievers sought for Walking Access Awards

05/08/2015 8:49am

People and organisations that have improved New Zealanders access to the outdoors may be eligible for an award in this year’s Walking Access Awards. Nominations for the awards, which are run...

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The Commission's focus for the year ahead

05/08/2015 8:45am

In this column, NZWAC chief executive Mark Neeson explains how the Commission's strategic plan will be implemented in the coming year, including background on project results and changes to ...

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Sometimes, no news is good news

05/08/2015 8:43am

In this column, NZWAC board member Maggie Bayfield explains how quietly getting on with the job without much fanfare is sometimes the best approach when facilitating resolutions to access di...

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Canterbury walkway secured for future generations

05/08/2015 8:36am

The southern section of the Rakaia Gorge walking trail has been officially declared a walkway under the Walking Access Act 2008 to secure access for future generations. The full 10.4km trail...

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Commission developing new-look website

05/08/2015 8:34am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has launched a project to redesign its corporate website. Chief executive Mark Neeson said the project will make it easier for visitors to find what...

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News from the field - August 2015

05/08/2015 8:28am

‘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 Nicola Hende...

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Walking access builds understanding

16/07/2015 3:10pm

A passion for tramping, a background in farming and a shared family interest in fishing and hunting means the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s newest regional field advisor, Felicity ...

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From behind the scenes to scenic job

19/06/2015 10:38am

Ange van der Laan’s new role as regional field advisor for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission is a long way from the film sets of Xena Warrior Princess in Auckland where she once work...

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Public access over farmland is 'win-win'

02/06/2015 11:01am

Farmers creating public access across their land can build awareness of what they do, strengthen relationships with the community and even boost farming productivity. That’s according to Ali...

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Funding awarded for regional trails

02/06/2015 11:00am

Three projects designed to improve access to the outdoors have received support from the latest round of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. The funding, awarde...

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