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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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Get help planning your trip this summer

21/12/2017 9:32am

Our friends at the Mountain Safety Council have produced a great new tool that you can use to easily help plan your outdoor adventures this summer.  The Plan My Trip tool asks you to answer ...

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Kauri dieback: the biggest access issue in 100 years

21/12/2017 9:20am

By Eric Pyle, Chief Executive I vividly remember my first proper encounter with kauri in Trounson Kauri Park. I had seen the odd tree here and there in parks around New Zealand, but I was no...

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Auckland Trail Leaders Workshop

21/12/2017 9:11am

By Kay Willcocks, Auckland Regional Field Advisor As the Regional Field Advisor for Auckland, a large part of my role is working with the various trail building groups throughout the region,...

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Our Top Outdoor Spot winners!

20/10/2017 10:43am

Every year the Commission runs the Top Outdoor Spot competition, where school children can submit photos, drawings and stories/poems about their favourite outdoor places. All of the prizes f...

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New kid on the block

19/10/2017 5:31pm

By Amie Pont, Regional Field Advisor (Otago) Thank you for what has been a very warm and well supported introduction to the role of Otago Regional Field Advisor. From the initial trip up to ...

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Meet two new Commission staff

19/10/2017 1:35pm

Amie Point – Regional Field Advisor (Otago) Amie moved to rural Maniototo after gaining a degree in Marketing Management and Design at Otago and travelling the world for two years. Living in...

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Ribbons across the land

19/10/2017 11:47am

By Eric Pyle, Chief Executive Over the past few months the Commission has been exploring access-related issues in the Mackenzie, Waitaki and Queenstown Lakes districts. It is clear that the ...

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Access planning under the Auckland Unitary Plan

19/10/2017 9:54am

Recently the Matakana Trails Trust appealed a decision made by Auckland Council relating to a large rural subdivision. The Trust argued that by not requiring a connecting trail through the s...

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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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