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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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This summer, follow the Kiwi way

15/12/2016 4:18pm

New Zealanders and tourists should strive to ‘follow the Kiwi way’ as they head into the great outdoors this summer. New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle said the ...

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NZWAC Annual Report released

15/12/2016 4:16pm

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Annual Report 2015-2016 is now available online. This report documents the Commission’s performance for the year. Highlights for 2015-2016 include...

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News From the Field - December 2016

15/12/2016 4:03pm

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 Gardiner...

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Iconic Roaring Meg track re-opened to walkers

13/12/2016 12:23pm

A farming family that allowed people to access the Queenstown Lakes region’s iconic Roaring Meg Pack Track up until the end of last year has announced it has re-opened public access to the t...

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Top Outdoor Spot competition back for 2017

05/12/2016 4:17pm

A national competition in which New Zealand school children photograph, draw and describe their favourite outdoor places is back for the fifth consecutive year, with lots of quality outdoor ...

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Trail blazing initiative to boost recreation opportunities

25/11/2016 3:32pm

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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Office temporarily closed due to earthquake damage

23/11/2016 10:28am

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Wellington head office is temporarily closed due to damage resulting from the earthquake of 14 November 2016. However, the Commission is continuin...

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The art of negotiating access

14/10/2016 12:07pm

Negotiating access to New Zealand’s outdoors requires extensive knowledge, delicacy, flexibility and understanding, along with an unwavering belief in the value of outdoor access. Each year,...

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Access, development and infrastructure

14/10/2016 11:55am

The effort required to retrofit access into some of our urban and rural spaces suggests we have not got access policy right in the past. In future, access must be considered as part of our c...

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Trail development workshop coming up in Hamilton

14/10/2016 11:44am

Councils, community groups and outdoor organisations are getting together to share knowledge and best practice on the development of trails in the central and upper North Island, and to star...

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Treasuring our mountains, as well as our waterways

14/10/2016 11:36am

Access matters. New board member Robin McNeill discusses the value of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and the need to value access to our mountains as well as our waterways. I am d...

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Scholarship for outdoor access research

14/10/2016 11:33am

A $5,000 scholarship is available to Kiwi students researching public access to the outdoors and New Zealand’s farming heritage. Applications close on 11 November. The annual John H Aspinall...

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End of an era as board member Brian Stephenson retires

14/10/2016 11:30am

Auckland-based barrister Brian Stephenson has completed his term on the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Board after seven years in the role. Mr Stephenson joined the Board when it wa...

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News from the field - October 2016

14/10/2016 11:19am

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 Margaret Hors...

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Outdoors champion appointed to NZWAC board

20/09/2016 2:35pm

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

30/08/2016 10:04am

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 ta...

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Landholders plant seed for possible walkway near Mahia

02/08/2016 11:39am

It started as a community-led project to preserve the water quality of the Whangawehi River. Today, the Whangawehi Catchment Group is considering the possibility of creating a public access ...

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Creating quality walkways for healthier communities

02/08/2016 11:01am

In this column New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle discusses the need for planners to consider walking trails when creating new subdivisions and some of the oppor...

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