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Christmas boost for outdoor access projects

03/12/2014 12:50pm

Access to New Zealand’s outdoors has received a pre-Christmas boost with nearly $24,000 in funding granted to three projects that will improve public access. The funding has been awarded to ...

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Top Outdoor Spot competition back for 2015

03/12/2014 12:47pm

Kiwi school children will be asked to snap photos, draw pictures and share creative descriptions of their favourite outdoor places as part of the 2015 Top Outdoor Spot competition. The compe...

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Code key to enjoying the outdoors this summer

03/12/2014 11:59am

New Zealanders are encouraged to ‘follow the Kiwi way’ and avoid potential problems in the outdoors this summer by reading the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code. New Zealand Walking Access Com...

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Join the Commission on Facebook and Twitter

03/12/2014 11:38am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission made its social media debut last month, launching Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay connected with New Zealanders.Chief Executive Mark Neeson sa...

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Celebrating our access culture

03/12/2014 11:28am

In this column New Zealand Walking Access Commission Board Member Maggie Bayfield celebrates some of our access champions, and provides a timely reminder to be thankful for the free access w...

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Satisfaction with the Commission and WAMS remains high

03/12/2014 11:16am

The Walking Access Mapping System continues to rate highly with users and most people who contact the Commission would recommend it to others, according to the findings of two surveys conduc...

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News From the Field - December 2014

03/12/2014 11:01am

‘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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Annual Report 2013-2014 published

29/10/2014 9:38am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Annual Report 2013-2014 is now available online. This report documents the Commission’s performance for the year and its progress towards the obje...

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New river access signposted near Motueka

03/10/2014 1:03pm

Whitebaiters, anglers and other people in the upper South Island can now enjoy a stretch of the Riwaka River near Tasman Bay after an agreement was reached to open up the area to access on f...

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Funding available to enhance outdoor access

03/10/2014 11:01am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is now accepting applications for the third round of its 2014-2015 Enhanced Access Fund programme. The fund supports projects that provide free, cer...

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Collaboration with councils achieves results

02/10/2014 5:07pm

In this column New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson discusses the need to work together with territorial authorities to achieve enduring access to the outdoors. ...

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Enhancing access to the Kiwi outdoors

02/10/2014 4:50pm

Organisations and individuals undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors are invited to apply for funding from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund.Ap...

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News from the field - October 2014

02/10/2014 3:09pm

‘News from the field’ provides a roundup of public access topics being worked on the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s regional field advisors. This month, we hear from Geoff Holgate (...

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Get outdoors on World Rivers Day

26/09/2014 10:56am

New Zealanders are being encouraged to get into the outdoors and explore the country’s waterways for World Rivers Day on Sunday 28 September. New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chief Exec...

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Coromandel trail receives funding boost

05/09/2014 1:38pm

Coromandel’s Hikuai District Trust has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission to assist development a walking and cycling trail between Pauanui and Tairu...

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Northland group awarded funding for coastal walkway

05/09/2014 1:30pm

Northland’s Waipu Lions Club has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission to support its work extending the Waipu Beach to Langs Cove Coastal Walkway. The ...

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New access created to Golden Bay beach

07/08/2014 12:42pm

A South Island riding instructor’s drive to develop safe access to a Golden Bay beach has resulted in the creation of a new publicly accessible track across her family farm. The track, which...

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Largest ever land covenant good for access too

07/08/2014 12:40pm

By John Forbes, NZWAC Board Chairman The proposal by Switzerland-based music producer Mutt Lange to create New Zealand’s largest ever land covenant has been making headlines this week. The p...

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First phase of Grovetown Lagoon track completed

07/08/2014 12:37pm

A new track has been built to provide access to Grovetown Lagoon, north of Blenheim, opening up the area’s history, culture and birdlife to those keen to explore a fascinating slice of New Z...

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More enhancements for Commission websites

07/08/2014 12:21pm

Increasing the availability of information and creating a more user-friendly experience have been top of mind for the Commission during its latest round of website improvements. These improv...

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