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New access created to Golden Bay beach

07/08/2014 12:42pm

A South Island riding instructor’s drive to develop safe access to a Golden Bay beach has resulted in the creation of a new publicly accessible track across her family farm. The track, which...

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Largest ever land covenant good for access too

07/08/2014 12:40pm

By John Forbes, NZWAC Board Chairman The proposal by Switzerland-based music producer Mutt Lange to create New Zealand’s largest ever land covenant has been making headlines this week. The p...

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First phase of Grovetown Lagoon track completed

07/08/2014 12:37pm

A new track has been built to provide access to Grovetown Lagoon, north of Blenheim, opening up the area’s history, culture and birdlife to those keen to explore a fascinating slice of New Z...

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More enhancements for Commission websites

07/08/2014 12:21pm

Increasing the availability of information and creating a more user-friendly experience have been top of mind for the Commission during its latest round of website improvements. These improv...

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News from the field - August 2014

07/08/2014 12:06pm

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

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Upgrade for Both Sides of the Fence education site

24/07/2014 11:38am

School children around New Zealand will enjoy a more colourful, dynamic and fun experience when using the popular Both Sides of the Fence education website. The site has been recently upgr...

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Funding for projects that improve outdoor access

01/07/2014 11:48am

Projects that improve people’s ability to get into the outdoors may qualify for funding from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. This contestable fund support...

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New fact sheet on roadways over Maori land

30/06/2014 8:36pm

A new fact sheet has been released to answer frequently asked questions about roadways over Māori land. The fact sheet addresses common queries about roadways over Māori land, from rights of...

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Scenic trail developed with EAF support

03/06/2014 7:30am

A scenic walking and horse riding trail has been developed on Kapiti Coast’s Whareroa Farm Reserve, north of Wellington, enhancing recreational opportunities in the area and providing a link...

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Nominations wanted for Walking Access Awards

03/06/2014 7:30am

Calling all champions of the countryside, or people who know others who are. Nominations are being called for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s 2014 Walking Access Awards. Commissi...

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Mapping out the next four years

03/06/2014 7:30am

In this column, Chairman John Forbes discusses the Commission's objectives for the next four years. Sir Winston Churchill once said: “however beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally ...

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Access outcomes showcased

03/06/2014 7:30am

Access outcomes from across New Zealand are now publicly available on a new “Case Notes” section of the Commission’s website. The new section showcases the type of work the Commission is inv...

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Changes afoot on Both Sides of the Fence

03/06/2014 7:30am

A new-look home page, improved image gallery and more comprehensive teaching materials are among major upgrades being introduced on the Commission’s Both Sides of the Fence education website...

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News from the field - June 2014

03/06/2014 7:30am

‘News from the field’ provides a roundup of public access topics being worked on by the Commission’s regional field advisors. This month, we hear from John Gibbs (Bay of Plenty and Waikato) ...

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Thanks to all WAMS and Corporate Survey respondents

03/06/2014 7:30am

The Commission would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on its recent Walking Access Mapping System and Corporate Responsiveness Surveys. More than 270 people completed the surveys...

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Statement of Intent published

16/05/2014 2:11pm

The Commission has today published its Statement of Intent 2014-2018 and Statement of Performance Expectations 2014-2018.These two documents provide an overview of the context the Commission...

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Fund invites applications for access projects

01/04/2014 10:26am

Groups undertaking projects to enhance access to New Zealand’s outdoors are invited to apply for funding through the Enhanced Access Fund 2014. A new funding approach for 2014-15 will see $7...

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Kiwi culture shines in Top Outdoor Spot winning entries

01/04/2014 10:10am

A classic Kiwi beach scene and a poetic description of the East Cape township of Te Araroa have taken top honours in the 2014 Top Outdoor Spot competition. The national competition was run d...

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News from the field - April 2014

01/04/2014 10:01am

‘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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Share your mapping system feedback and win

01/04/2014 10:00am

Outdoor enthusiasts who have used the Walking Access Mapping System in the past six months are being asked to share their thoughts for the chance to win one of five $100 petrol vouchers.The ...

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