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Trail blazing initiative to boost recreation opportunities

25/11/2016 3:29pm A trail building revolution is underway in New Zealand as planners, managers and hardworking volunteers join forces to create new tracks catering for increasing demand from communities and t...

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Outdoors champion appointed to NZ Walking Access Commission board

20/09/2016 2:39pm Respected outdoors advocate Robin McNeill has been appointed to the board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. The Southlander is the Enterprise Projects Manager at Venture Southlan...

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From finding people to finding solutions to access issues

30/08/2016 10:03am A few years ago, Rod Smillie found himself sharing a hut deep in Whanganui National Park with a couple of Israeli secret service officers who had come to New Zealand for a holiday. The men t...

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Nominations invited for outdoor access awards

03/08/2016 12:32pm It’s that time of year again, when a nationwide search begins for individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to outdoor access in New Zealand. Top achievers will...

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Funding available for projects that improve public access to the outdoors

22/07/2016 1:16pm 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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New Walking Access Mapping System live

07/07/2016 11:56am 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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Living Streets Aotearoa awarded $1,500 to improve Karaka Bay track

03/06/2016 11:35am 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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Top Outdoor Spot 2016 winners announced

31/05/2016 3:34pm 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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Virtual adventures teach Kiwi kids about access and safety in the outdoors

05/04/2016 1:32pm 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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Access stalwarts honoured with Walking Access Champion Awards

17/02/2016 4:58pm Te Araroa Trust founder Geoff Chapple and advisor Hunter Donaldson were celebrated today for their outstanding contributions to walking access.The Walking Access Champion Awards recognise th...

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Love of the outdoors lands Inger Perkins walking access role

16/02/2016 4:28pm A lifelong love of the outdoors and a passion for the natural environment made Inger Perkins jump at the chance to work for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission as a regional field advi...

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New walking access champion for top of the south

16/02/2016 4:18pm Newly appointed New Zealand Walking Access Commission regional field advisor Penny Wardle is a firm believer in the power of individuals to make a difference.It’s a quality the Blenheim woma...

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Avid tramper seeks new challenge in walking access role

16/02/2016 4:08pm A ‘great belief’ in outdoor access, born from a childhood spent tramping up mountains with his father and three brothers, prompted Chris Ward to apply for the Wellington regional field advis...

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Funding boost available for NZ access projects

03/02/2016 3:26pm 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 10:45am 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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New Zealanders encouraged to follow the Kiwi way this summer

18/12/2015 12:24pm New Zealanders are being urged to ‘follow the Kiwi way’ when exploring the great outdoors with friends and family this summer. New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Mark Nees...

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NZWAC recognises Dunedin’s Andrew Lonie for mountain biking contribution

14/12/2015 4:41pm 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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Neil Cooper, Stratford District Council receive Walking Access Awards

10/12/2015 4:05pm Stratford District Council and employee Neil Cooper have received Walking Access Awards for their significant contributions to improving walking access across a network of picturesque tracks...

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NZWAC recognises Whangarei’s Hilton Ward for championing access

08/12/2015 2:48pm Whangarei District Council staff member Hilton Ward has been recognised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission for his contribution towards improving land access for people in the Whan...

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NZWAC recognises Sport Bay of Plenty for two walking initiatives

08/12/2015 2:46pm Sport Bay of Plenty has been recognised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission for its outstanding Virtually on Track and City on its Feet programmes. These programmes aim to bring peo...

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