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This news article is written on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries, who are conducting a review of the Walking Access Act 2008, the piece of legislation which governs the work of the NZ Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa.
Public invited to have their say on access to the outdoors
New Zealanders with an interest in the outdoors are being invited to have their say on legislation that helps them access nature throughout the country.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is reviewing the Walking Access Act 2008 and has begun calling for public feedback.
Charlotte Denny, director environment and communities policy, says the Act provides New Zealanders and our international visitors with access to many outdoor spaces.
This includes public access over land, bush, rivers, coasts, mountains and areas of cultural significance – in cities, towns and further afield.
“The Act aims to provide free, certain, enduring and practical access to the outdoors for all sorts of activities, not just walking,” Ms Denny says.
“The review is looking at whether the Act is fit for the future, and what improvements are needed.
“We’re keen to hear from individuals, organisations and groups with an interest in enjoying the outdoors.
“This includes everything from walking and bike riding to swimming and fishing, connecting with Māori sites, outdoor education, hunting or even four-wheel driving.”
Under the Act, a review must be undertaken after 10 years.
“The Act and the New Zealand Walking Access Commission have played a key role in many of the tracks, trails and areas that have been developed over the last decade.”