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2016 04 05 Clevedon Trails for web

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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New CE announced for New Zealand Walking Access Commission

04/02/2016 8:45pm

Eric Pyle has been appointed as the new chief executive of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. Mr Pyle is the current chief executive of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA...

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Enjoy the outdoors this Waitangi Day weekend

03/02/2016 9:04pm

Waitangi Day weekend is a truly New Zealand holiday, and a great time to make the most of the stunning outdoors our country has to offer. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission would like...

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New website helps outdoorspeople ‘Follow the Kiwi Way’

03/02/2016 9:01pm

New Zealanders and international visitors will soon be able to discover “the Kiwi way” online using a new website promoting responsible access to the outdoors. The Follow the Kiwi Way websit...

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We've come a long way, from where we began

03/02/2016 8:50pm

This column by New Zealand Walking Access Commission board member Barbara Stuart looks at how the Commission has changed in the time between her first term on the board (2008-2011), and her ...

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Following the Kiwi Way

03/02/2016 8:41pm

In this column departing New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Mark Neeson shares his memories of the past seven years and discusses some of the challenges and opportunities ...

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New field advisors for Auckland, Wellington and top of the South Island

03/02/2016 8:27pm

Marlborough communications consultant Penny Wardle, West Coast outdoor aficionado Inger Perkins, Wellington tramper and mountaineer advocate Chris Ward and Auckland walking enthusiast Dr Mar...

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News from the field - February 2016

03/02/2016 7:59pm

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 Geoff Holgate...

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Funding boost available for access projects

03/02/2016 3:19pm

Projects to improve access to the New Zealand outdoors are invited to apply for funding through the second 2015-2016 funding round of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Acc...

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Students encouraged to share top outdoor spots and win

01/02/2016 10:42am

Kiwi school children are encouraged to snap photos, draw pictures and share creative descriptions of their favourite outdoor places in the 2016 Top Outdoor Spot competition, which launches t...

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Commission farewells champion of public access

28/01/2016 1:27pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission sends its condolences to the family and friends of public access advocate Alan McMillan, who passed away recently in Dunedin after a period of illne...

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NZWAC recognises Dunedin’s Andrew Lonie for mountain biking contribution

14/12/2015 4:33pm

Dunedin City Council staff member Andrew Lonie has been recognised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission for the positive contribution he has made towards mountain biking activities i...

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