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Top Outdoor Spot winners!

20/06/2017 11:33am

The Top Outdoor Spot competition has finished for 2017, with total entries up 37% on the previous year. The annual competition is open to primary and intermediate school students across New ...

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News from the field - April 2017

12/04/2017 2:21pm

Joint approach to improve access to Ruahine Forest Park Nicola Henderson (Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa) Public access to an important part of the Ruahine Forest Park will be secured thanks to a...

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Two new team members welcomed in Wellington

12/04/2017 2:20pm

Our Wellington office has welcomed two new staff, with Brigid Jenkins starting as policy and partnerships advisor and Elizabeth Morris as corporate services advisor. Brigid Jenkins’ role has...

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Enhanced access funding decisions due in May

12/04/2017 2:20pm

The application period has now closed for funding support through the second 2016-2017 round of the Enhanced Access Fund. The contestable fund is administered by the New Zealand Walking Comm...

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Top Outdoor Spot competition: one month to go!

12/04/2017 2:18pm

Parents – let your kid's teachers know there's only one month left for students to enter the Top Outdoor Spot competition. Entries to this year’s competition close on May 7. There's some gre...

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Landholder generosity critical to public access in NZ

12/04/2017 2:17pm

Penny Mudford is a member of the NZWAC board, and she wants to celebrate landholders across New Zealand who facilitate public access and follow the Kiwi way. New Zealand’s population is grow...

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Access – it's more than just walking

12/04/2017 2:13pm

Despite the name, the New Zealand Walking Access Commission has always been about more than just walking. Chief Executive Eric Pyle discusses the breadth of access that the Commission is inv...

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High country heroes

12/04/2017 2:01pm

Every year, tens of thousands of Kiwis and international visitors venture into the South Island high country to explore some of our country’s most stunning scenery. They take in the peace an...

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Access to our natural heritage celebrated at parliamentary awards ceremony

07/03/2017 5:30pm

Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience o...

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Get out and about for Waitangi Day Weekend

03/02/2017 3:13pm

Waitangi Day weekend is New Zealand’s national holiday. It’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate Aotearoa – and what better way to do this than to get out and about in the outdoors? New Ze...

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Minister visits ambitious Kerikeri walkway project

03/02/2017 3:10pm

A new trail that will provide access to a hidden waterfall near Kerikeri received a Ministerial visit this afternoon when the New Zealand Walking Access Commission hosted Associate Minister ...

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Looking to the future

03/02/2017 1:03pm

There’s a growing hunger for new access to the outdoors, and trail developers are heeding the call. NZWAC chief executive Eric Pyle looks at how our existing tracks came about, and shares hi...

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Welcome to our new team members

03/02/2017 12:57pm

We are delighted to welcome communications manager Asher Wilson-Goldman and operations advisor Lynda Edwardson to the team at the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. Mr Wilson-Goldman bri...

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News from the Field - February 2017

03/02/2017 12:37pm

'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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Funding boost for outdoor access

01/02/2017 11:00am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is making $54,000 available to projects that enhance public access to the outdoors through the current funding round of its Enhanced Access Fund. Th...

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National competition encourages students to celebrate NZ outdoors

30/01/2017 11:41am

Kiwi school children are photographing, drawing and describing their favourite outdoor places as part of the national competition celebrating enjoyment of the great outdoors as part of the N...

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Wishing New Zealand a safe and happy holiday

20/12/2016 1:54pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission wishes Kiwis a safe and happy holiday season. Many people will be taking advantage of the good weather and holiday season to explore some of New Zea...

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Boost for North Island trail development

15/12/2016 4:50pm

More than 70 trail developers and managers from the North Island have laid the groundwork for a trail blazing initiative that will see government and community groups working more closely to...

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Can outdoor access and tourism go hand in hand?

15/12/2016 4:45pm

Can our outdoor access network grow in step with visitor numbers? NZWAC chief executive Eric Pyle takes a look at the path ahead. Tourism has featured prominently in the media in the past fe...

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Whareroa Farm Reserve receives funding for signage

15/12/2016 4:20pm

The Whareroa Guardians Community Trust has been granted $2,140 to assist with the design and installation of signs to mark public access on a new Kapiti Coast track. The funds were made avai...

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