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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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Linking New Zealand through joined up trails

02/10/2015 11:58am

In this column, New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chairman John Forbes discusses the benefits of a regional approach to trail development. You seldom meet a tramper or hunter who is worr...

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Importance of access highlighted at Canterbury forum

02/10/2015 11:57am

The recent regional forum in Canterbury showcased how important access is to outdoor recreation groups in the region, and how passionate they are about maintaining and improving access to th...

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Aspiring scholars sought for public access scholarship

02/10/2015 11:55am

Applications are being sought for a $5,000 scholarship that will support study into public access to the outdoors and New Zealand’s farming heritage. Launched in 2014, the John H Aspinall Sc...

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Advice on landholder health and safety obligations

02/10/2015 11:44am

A fact sheet is being developed by the Commission to provide guidance to farmers, forestry companies and other land managers on their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015...

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News from the field - October 2015

02/10/2015 11:42am

‘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 Bro...

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Name change for Accessing NZ newsletter

02/10/2015 10:00am

Readers of our October newsletter may have noticed that the name of our newsletter has been changed to “Linking New Zealand”. This change reflects the Commission’s focus on building links be...

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New mobile WAMS corrects performance issues

18/08/2015 4:11pm

A new mobile version of the Walking Access Mapping System has been released to improve performance for users on modern smartphones and tablets. The latest version, which is now the default f...

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Survey: New Zealanders passionate about outdoors

05/08/2015 8:56am

Do New Zealanders care about access to the outdoors? Do we regularly get out and about for recreation? The answer to both is a resounding yes, according to the findings of the Walking Access...

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Applications welcome for Enhanced Access Fund

05/08/2015 8:53am

Groups undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors are encouraged to apply for funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. A total of $63,000...

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Outdoor achievers sought for Walking Access Awards

05/08/2015 8:49am

People and organisations that have improved New Zealanders access to the outdoors may be eligible for an award in this year’s Walking Access Awards. Nominations for the awards, which are run...

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The Commission's focus for the year ahead

05/08/2015 8:45am

In this column, NZWAC chief executive Mark Neeson explains how the Commission's strategic plan will be implemented in the coming year, including background on project results and changes to ...

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