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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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Neil Cooper, Stratford District Council receive Walking Access Awards

10/12/2015 4:00pm

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 2:44pm

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 2:40pm

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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New Zealanders encouraged to follow the Kiwi way this summer

07/12/2015 9:45pm

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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First Walking Access Awards presented for 2015

07/12/2015 9:43pm

Five outstanding New Zealanders organisations were presented with Walking Access Awards recently for their significant contributions to improving public access to the outdoors. Waitomo resid...

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Farewell to Mark and Maggie

07/12/2015 9:36pm

In this column, New Zealand Walking Access Commission chairman John Forbes shares his views on the future and the immense contributions of chief executive Mark Neeson and former board member...

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NZWAC Annual Report released

07/12/2015 9:32pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Annual Report 2014-2015 is now available online. This report documents the Commission’s performance for the year.The Commission aims to enhance fr...

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News from the field - December 2015

07/12/2015 9:25pm

‘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 Gardine...

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Six projects across NZ awarded walking access funding

03/12/2015 9:24am

Six projects across New Zealand have been awarded a total of $21,660 from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund, which supports projects designed to enhance access...

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Lynne Alexander receives Walking Access Award for Akaroa trails

30/11/2015 9:15am

Akaroa resident Lynne Alexander has received a Walking Access Award for her significant contribution towards developing some of the area’s finest walks and making them accessible to thousand...

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Barbara Stuart returns to the NZWAC board

25/11/2015 1:24pm

Nelson farmer and outdoor-access supporter Barbara Stuart has been appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. The appointment heralds Mrs Stuart’s second tenure on ...

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NZWAC appoints Dr Margaret Horsburgh as Auckland regional field advisor

20/11/2015 12:10pm

On any given Tuesday, you can find Dr Margaret Horsburgh tramping along one of the many tracks and trails that criss-cross the Auckland region. Sundays are set aside for a walking group she’...

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Southland’s Ann Irving Receives Walking Access Award for Wetlands Work

16/11/2015 12:59pm

Southland resident Ann Irving received a national Walking Access Award today in recognition of her efforts towards obtaining public access to one of the few remaining flax wetlands in Southl...

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Top Outdoor Spot Competition back in 2016

04/11/2015 12:27pm

It’s time for Kiwi students to think about the photos, drawings and descriptions of their favourite outdoor places they’d like to enter into the 2016 Top Outdoor Spot competition. The compet...

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Walking Access Award for Waitomo’s ‘unassuming champion’

28/10/2015 10:51am

Waitomo resident Peter Chandler has received a Walking Access Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to develop new tracks and trails and make access to the outdoors easier and more...

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Major updates for Commission’s websites

02/10/2015 12:05pm

The Commission is continuing to develop its online presence, launching a redeveloped version of its website and progressing projects to improve its Walking Access Mapping System and Both Sid...

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No need for nerves when asking for access

02/10/2015 12:03pm

Do you feel apprehensive about approaching landholders for access across their property? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Walking Access Survey 2015, six out of 10 New Zealanders (6...

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