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Fund helps create new access opportunities

03/12/2012 12:00am

ver the past three years, the Enhanced Access Fund has helped organisations and community groups across New Zealand to improve access to some of our most desirable outdoor locations. Adminis...

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Roads should stand the test of time

03/12/2012 12:00am

By Mark Neeson, Chief Executive, New Zealand Walking Access Commission. We are fortunate in New Zealand to have a network of land set aside to provide ready access to many of our rivers, lak...

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Hundreds enjoy Both Sides of the Fence website

03/12/2012 12:00am

Children at primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand can now learn about responsible behaviour in the outdoors on the new Both Sides of the Fence education website. Online at both...

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Bay of Plenty Tracks available on WAMS

03/12/2012 12:00am

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is the latest organisation to make outdoor points of interest available for public view on the Walking Access Mapping System (www.wams.org.nz). The...

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Download The Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar

08/11/2012 12:00am

A free quick-reference calendar displaying common New Zealand farming, fishing and hunting seasons is now available for download from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s website.The ...

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Website helps kids access the outdoors responsibly

02/11/2012 12:00am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has developed an online learning environment called Both Sides of the Fence to help teachers engage and educate students about accessing the outdoor...

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Mapping system enters next stage of evolution

16/10/2012 12:00am

Discovering recreational opportunities in the outdoors has today become even easier thanks to the introduction of major enhancements to the Walking Access Mapping System.  The mapping system...

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2011-2012 Annual Report Available

15/10/2012 12:00am

The Annual Report highlights the Commission's achievements in  2011-2012, which include launching the Walking Access Mapping System in July 2011, resolving 343 access inquiries, development ...

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Collaboration centre stage at National Forum

25/09/2012 12:00am

Representatives from 15 outdoor and rural sector organisations converged on Wellington yesterday for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s National Forum. Held at the Mercy Conference ...

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Mapping system enhancements enter testing

30/08/2012 12:00am

Major enhancements to New Zealand’s Walking Access Mapping System entered public testing today (30 August 2012). The enhancements include an improved user interface and mobile functionality ...

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Sometimes signs are the simplest solution

01/08/2012 12:00am

Every year hundreds of access cases are lodged with the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. These range from questions about how to access some of the country’s most stunning spots to dis...

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Improved mapping system entering testing

01/08/2012 12:00am

The Walking Access Mapping System will enter its next stage of evolution this month when an enhanced version of the system opens for public testing. The enhancements include an improved user...

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Students encouraged to see both sides of the fence

01/08/2012 12:00am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission will soon take its Outdoor Access Code to schools with the launch of the Both Sides of the Fence teacher-student online environment. The student-cen...

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Making public and private data more accessible

01/08/2012 12:00am

After 12 months of development, the enhanced version of the Walking Access Mapping System is nearing completion. It has been a technically challenging project within a small budget and has b...

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News from the field - August 2012

01/08/2012 12:00am

‘News from the field’ provides a roundup of public access topics being worked on by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s regional field advisor network. In each Accessing New Zealand ...

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Follow the Kiwi Way posters available

02/07/2012 12:00am

Free downloadable posters are now available for individuals and organisations that want to promote responsible behaviour in the outdoors. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has releas...

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Walking Access Mapping System a hit with users

31/05/2012 12:00am

The Walking Access Mapping System, launched last year to show land across the country open to public access, has received a glowing review from users. Ninety seven per cent of respondents to...

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Fund makes outdoor access easier

28/05/2012 12:00am

Twenty-two projects designed to improve access to the outdoors will receive funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. Fifty organisations applied for ...

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Statement of Intent published

28/05/2012 12:00am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has published its Statement of Intent for 2012 - 2015. Download it on the Publications page or click here to view it.

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Rural Women Walk the length of New Zealand for charity

30/04/2012 12:00am

Rural Women New Zealand members and friends walked the length of New Zealand yesterday, then turned round and walked halfway back again. The collective effort was part of the global Women Wa...

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