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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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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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