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School children to nominate their Top Outdoor Spot

31/01/2018 12:41pm School children across New Zealand are photographing, drawing and describing their favourite places as part of a national competition celebrating enjoyment of the great outdoors. The Top Out...

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Nominations open for champions of public access to the outdoors

06/10/2017 2:26pm The Walking Access Commission is calling for nominations of people and groups who are champions of public access to the outdoors. Nominations are open until 17 November 2017, and the winners...

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Access to our natural heritage celebrated at parliamentary awards ceremony

07/03/2017 5:45pm 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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Minister visits ambitious Kerikeri walkway project

03/02/2017 3:16pm 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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Funding boost for access to the outdoors

01/02/2017 11:16am 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 11:48am A national competition celebrating enjoyment of New Zealand’s great outdoors begins today, with Kiwi primary and intermediate school children encouraged to photograph, draw and describe thei...

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This summer, follow the Kiwi way

19/12/2016 11:48am New Zealanders and international visitors should strive to ‘follow the Kiwi way’ as they head into the great outdoors this summer. New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric ...

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Whareroa Farm receives funding for signage

16/12/2016 11:11am 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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Iconic Roaring Meg Pack track re-opened to walkers

13/12/2016 12:20pm 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 is today re-opening public access to...

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Trail blazing initiative to boost recreation opportunities

25/11/2016 3:29pm 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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Outdoors champion appointed to NZ Walking Access Commission board

20/09/2016 2:39pm 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 to access issues

30/08/2016 10:03am 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 t...

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Nominations invited for outdoor access awards

03/08/2016 12:32pm It’s that time of year again, when a nationwide search begins for individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to outdoor access in New Zealand. Top achievers will...

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Funding available for projects that improve public access to the outdoors

22/07/2016 1:16pm Groups undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors should consider applying for funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. A total of $56,00...

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New Walking Access Mapping System live

07/07/2016 11:56am The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has launched an improved version of its free nationwide Walking Access Mapping System to make it even easier for people to identify public access in...

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Living Streets Aotearoa awarded $1,500 to improve Karaka Bay track

03/06/2016 11:35am Living Streets Aotearoa has received $1,500 to assist with the design and installation of signs to mark public access on a little-known track from Nakora Road to Karaka Bay Road in Wellingto...

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Top Outdoor Spot 2016 winners announced

31/05/2016 3:34pm An astonishing sunset, a creative drawing of Cape Reinga and a poem capturing the essence of a wilderness swimming spot have taken top honours in this year’s Top Outdoor Spot competition. Th...

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Virtual adventures teach Kiwi kids about access and safety in the outdoors

05/04/2016 1:32pm Young New Zealanders will have the opportunity to explore three new virtual adventures on the popular Both Sides of the Fence website, thanks to a collaboration between the New Zealand Walki...

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Access stalwarts honoured with Walking Access Champion Awards

17/02/2016 4:58pm Te Araroa Trust founder Geoff Chapple and advisor Hunter Donaldson were celebrated today for their outstanding contributions to walking access.The Walking Access Champion Awards recognise th...

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Love of the outdoors lands Inger Perkins walking access role

16/02/2016 4:28pm A lifelong love of the outdoors and a passion for the natural environment made Inger Perkins jump at the chance to work for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission as a regional field advi...

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