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Asking landholders for permission

02/08/2016 10:46am

A new video developed by the New Zealand Access Walking Commission emphasises the importance of asking landowners for permission to access their property. “Many New Zealanders and overseas v...

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News from the field - August 2016

02/08/2016 10:31am

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 Felicity Brou...

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Funding available for projects that improve outdoor access

22/07/2016 1:10pm

Groups undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors should consider applying for funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. A total of $56,00...

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Guide on farmers' H&S responsibilities to recreational visitors

21/07/2016 11:18am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has developed a helpful guide that answers frequently asked questions about the responsibilities of farm owners and managers towards people seeking ...

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New Walking Access Mapping System now live

28/06/2016 9:41am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has launched an improved version of its free nationwide Walking Access Mapping System to make it even easier for people to identify public access in...

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Protecting our access heritage

02/06/2016 4:02pm

In this column New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle discusses New Zealand's access culture and heritage, and some of the challenges we face when trying to protect ...

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Upgraded Walking Access Mapping System coming soon

02/06/2016 3:58pm

Enjoying New Zealand’s stunning outdoors will soon be even easier. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is launching a new version of its free nationwide Walking Access Mapping System l...

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Interactive map shows hundreds of access cases across New Zealand

02/06/2016 3:55pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has developed an interactive map that displays more than 800 access-related cases it has been involved in around the country. The web map highlights...

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Living Streets Aotearoa awarded $1,500 to improve Karaka Bay track

02/06/2016 3:49pm

Living Streets Aotearoa has received $1,500 to assist with the design and installation of signs to mark public access on a little-known track from Nakora Road to Karaka Bay Road in Wellingto...

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News from the field - June 2016

02/06/2016 3:38pm

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 Penny Wardle ...

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Top Outdoor Spot competition winners announced

31/05/2016 3:44pm

An astonishing sunset, a creative drawing of Cape Reinga and a poem capturing the essence of a wilderness swimming spot have taken top honours in this year’s Top Outdoor Spot competition. Th...

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Community group transforming public access in Clevedon

11/04/2016 9:24pm

Josephine Elworthy has a vision: to develop an extensive network of trails around Clevedon for horse riders, walkers and cyclists. She also has the drive and determination to make it happen....

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Wairere Traverse opens

11/04/2016 9:18pm

Walkers now have access to a stunning new 11km track over Maungatautari mountain, in the heart of the Waikato. Hundreds of people, including many volunteers, took part in the completion of t...

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Initial impressions: public access in New Zealand

11/04/2016 9:00pm

In this column new New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle shares his first impressions of the state of access in New Zealand, including some of the challenges and op...

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View from the top: partnering for the greater good

11/04/2016 8:53pm

It’s often said that many hands make light work. New Zealand Walking Access Commission chairman John Forbes discusses the benefits of partnership, and the Commission’s priorities for the com...

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Dozens farewell Mark and Maggie

11/04/2016 8:43pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission farewelled retiring chief executive Mark Neeson and outgoing board member Maggie Bayfield at a function in Wellington on 17 February. Speaking to a ...

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News from the field - April 2016

11/04/2016 8:34pm

‘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 John Gibbs (...

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Virtual adventures teach Kiwi kids about access and safety in the outdoors

05/04/2016 1:30pm

Young New Zealanders will have the opportunity to explore three new virtual adventures on the popular Both Sides of the Fence website, thanks to a collaboration between the New Zealand Walki...

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Provide your feedback and be in to win

01/04/2016 9:47am

Have you used the online Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) or contacted the New Zealand Walking Access Commission for information about access to the outdoors? If so, the Commission is se...

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Access stalwarts honoured with Walking Access Champion Awards

17/02/2016 4:42pm

Te Araroa Trust founder Geoff Chapple and advisor Hunter Donaldson were recently received Walking Access Champion Awards for their outstanding contributions to walking access. The awards rec...

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