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Mapping system continues to impress

09/04/2013 9:12am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission would like to thank all those who provided feedback through its Walking Access Mapping System 2013 user survey. The survey was conducted by the Comm...

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Healthy demand for outdoor access funding

02/04/2013 11:45am

More than 30 organisations have submitted applications for a slice of $138,000 in funding available through this year’s round of the Enhanced Access Fund. The contestable fund is available t...

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Commission considers Molesworth Station access

02/04/2013 11:41am

Public access on Molesworth Station, in the upper-South Island, was among the topics considered at a Nelson/Marlborough Conservation Board hearing last month. Access to much the 180,787-hect...

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Thanks to all comms survey respondents

02/04/2013 11:40am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission would like to say a big “thank you” to all those who took the time to complete the communications survey provided with the December newsletter. Your...

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News from the field - April 2013

02/04/2013 11:24am

‘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. In each Accessing New Zealand newslet...

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Dealing with obstructions on legal roads

02/04/2013 10:47am

In this column, New Zealand Walking Access Commission Board Member Brian Stephenson provides advice about obstructions on unformed legal roads. Of all the access disputes dealt with by the C...

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Talented students win Top Outdoor Spot competition

20/03/2013 2:46pm

A photo of a sun-loving Labrador and a poetic description of Waiotahi Beach have won ‘Best Photo’ and ‘Best Description’ in the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Top Outdoor Spot compe...

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One month left for outdoor access funding applications

04/02/2013 10:49am

Clubs and organisations undertaking projects to improve access to the outdoors have one month left to apply for funding through the 2013 round of the Enhanced Access Fund. The New Zealand Wa...

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Website goes mobile

17/01/2013 10:18am

Smartphone and tablet PC users will now find it easier to use the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's website, thanks to the creation of a mobile-friendly version. The new mobile site, v...

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Make the most of summer with these handy tools

08/01/2013 12:00am

The Christmas holidays may be behind us but there’s still plenty of warm summer weather to be enjoyed over the next few months. Here are a few helpful New Zealand Walking Access Commission r...

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Christmas break

21/12/2012 12:00am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission will close its doors for the Christmas holidays from 5.00pm on Friday 21 December until 8.30am on Monday 7 January. We wish you all an enjoyable Chr...

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Follow the Kiwi way these holidays

20/12/2012 12:00am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is encouraging New Zealanders to ‘Follow the Kiwi Way’ when accessing the outdoors this holiday season. Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said ...

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Enhanced Access Fund invites applications

10/12/2012 12:00am

Organisations undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors can now apply for funding through the 2013 round of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. Up ...

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Top New Zealand beaches marked on mapping system

06/12/2012 12:00am

Beach lovers can now easily locate beaches across the country with resident surf life saving clubs, thanks to Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s decision to display beach and club locations on t...

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News from the field - December 2012

03/12/2012 12:00am

John Gibbs, Western Bay of Plenty and Waikato For some reason, walking and cycling access has a high profile in the Coromandel Peninsula. Of all the localities in my patch, the majority of m...

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Access fund invites applications for 2013

03/12/2012 12:00am

Applications are invited for the 2013 round of the Enhanced Access Fund. The contestable fund supports projects across New Zealand that will enhance access to the great outdoors.In 2013, $13...

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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 ( The...

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