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Recreational access to our lakes, beaches, rivers and mountains is an important part of what it is to be a New Zealander. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is the Crown entity that works to enhance free, certain, enduring, and practical walking access to the outdoors for New Zealanders and overseas visitors. The Commission has a team in Wellington and a network of regional field advisors. The Commission's legislation is the Walking Access Act 2008.

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Mobile WAMS for web
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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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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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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