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Welcome to our new staff member

23/08/2017 12:03pm

Phil Culling is the new Corporate Services Manager for the Commission. The Corporate Services Manager is responsible for the Commission's financial and HR systems, and plays a key role in re...

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Kerikeri: How a Walkway became reality

21/08/2017 9:45am

By John Gardiner, Regional Field Advisor (Northland) Without a doubt, the biggest buzz I get out of this job is working alongside community groups to help establish new walking opportunities...

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Come to the Outdoors Forum

17/08/2017 3:47pm

When: 4 & 5 September 2017 Where: The Boat Shed, Wellington Waterfront Registration (day two only):Click here to register yourself / click here to register multiple people Every year, the NZ...

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From suits to boots!

25/07/2017 11:16am

By Kevin Ross, regional field advisor for Taranaki and Manawatu-Whanganui Having recently retired from a district council desk job, getting to enjoy the outdoors was a major part of my retir...

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News from the field

20/06/2017 1:39pm

The joy of trails - Felicity Brough My role as a regional field advisor (RFA) is highly varied, but seeing new trails developed is one part that I particularly enjoy. The Coromandel Peninsul...

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New regional representatives in Auckland and Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu

20/06/2017 1:35pm

We’re welcoming new regional field advisors in Auckland and Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu. In Auckland, Kay Willcocks has come on board to replace the departing Margaret Horsburgh. Kay is ...

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Kauri dieback, myrtle rust and more – what you need to know

20/06/2017 1:33pm

When we are out and about in New Zealand, we have a responsibility to avoid spreading disease, pests and weeds. Through responsible behaviour, we can help keep our wildlife, plants and our l...

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Enhanced Access Fund recipients – next round now accepting applications

20/06/2017 1:30pm

The Commission has awarded six grants from the Enhanced Access Fund: $5000 to the Kauri Coast Promotion Society to support signage at two historic river walks in Dargaville. $5000 to the NZ ...

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AccessMe – arranging access in the digital age

20/06/2017 1:23pm

The J H Aspinall scholarship is named after John Aspinall. Prior to his death in 2011, John Aspinall was a South Island farming leader and passionate about access. His family still run Mt As...

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Pepin Island open day – access is about community

20/06/2017 11:45am

While sometimes public access to iconic places can be contentious, there are also many examples where Kiwis quietly get on and work it out. There is no set way, but in many places negotiated...

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Examining access in the South Island High Country

20/06/2017 11:43am

There’s two ways that access can be expanded across New Zealand. The first approach is to take opportunities wherever they arise. The second way is to look strategically at an area, identify...

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An agile system of access

20/06/2017 11:39am

Part of the Commission’s work involves creating new access rights over land. Typically, the land is defined by survey when the parties enter into formal agreements, which are then registered...

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Top Outdoor Spot winners!

20/06/2017 11:33am

The Top Outdoor Spot competition has finished for 2017, with total entries up 37% on the previous year. The annual competition is open to primary and intermediate school students across New ...

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News from the field - April 2017

12/04/2017 2:21pm

Joint approach to improve access to Ruahine Forest Park Nicola Henderson (Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa) Public access to an important part of the Ruahine Forest Park will be secured thanks to a...

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Two new team members welcomed in Wellington

12/04/2017 2:20pm

Our Wellington office has welcomed two new staff, with Brigid Jenkins starting as policy and partnerships advisor and Elizabeth Morris as corporate services advisor. Brigid Jenkins’ role has...

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Enhanced access funding decisions due in May

12/04/2017 2:20pm

The application period has now closed for funding support through the second 2016-2017 round of the Enhanced Access Fund. The contestable fund is administered by the New Zealand Walking Comm...

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Top Outdoor Spot competition: one month to go!

12/04/2017 2:18pm

Parents – let your kid's teachers know there's only one month left for students to enter the Top Outdoor Spot competition. Entries to this year’s competition close on May 7. There's some gre...

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Landholder generosity critical to public access in NZ

12/04/2017 2:17pm

Penny Mudford is a member of the NZWAC board, and she wants to celebrate landholders across New Zealand who facilitate public access and follow the Kiwi way. New Zealand’s population is grow...

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Access – it's more than just walking

12/04/2017 2:13pm

Despite the name, the New Zealand Walking Access Commission has always been about more than just walking. Chief Executive Eric Pyle discusses the breadth of access that the Commission is inv...

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High country heroes

12/04/2017 2:01pm

Every year, tens of thousands of Kiwis and international visitors venture into the South Island high country to explore some of our country’s most stunning scenery. They take in the peace an...

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