Achieving our outcomes

The Commission is proud to help increase tourism value, better connected communities and improvements in public health across New Zealand.

By assisting to create and maintain tracks and trails, the Commission provides opportunities for local communities to promote their areas to tourists, bringing revenue and jobs.

These tracks and trails benefit locals as well, as they connect communities to each other and to local amenities. They provide a better experience for locals, making it easy for them to get into the outdoors.

This benefits public health, as physically active, socially connected communities are healthier communities.

Impacts and outputs

This Annual Report shows case studies of the Commission’s work in 2018-2019 as examples of its achievements on its three outcomes and associated outputs:

1. Managed access is available where and when it will add most value to communities:

  • access facilitation and leadership;
  • access dispute resolution;
  • management of the Enhanced Access Fund; and
  • community engagement.

2. People know how to find access:

  • management of the access mapping system; and
  • provision of tracks and trails information.

3. People responsibly access the outdoors:

  • school education programmes;
  • digital-led behaviour change initiatives; and
  • walkway compliance.

Throughout 2018-2019 the Commission expanded its focus on proactive regional strategic access planning, focusing on three geographic areas.

In Taranaki, the Commission is assisting a new Tracks and Trails Trust to form. This Trust will oversee the implementation of the Taranaki 2040 Tracks and Trails Strategy produced by the Commission and Sport Taranaki in 2017-2018, working alongside local councils and iwi.

Auckland’s growth is happening at a pace and scale rarely seen in this country, and the Commission has been active in the north and south of the region to help secure public access prior to tens of thousands of houses being built.

From Pūhoi to Pākiri in the north of the city, the Commission has partnered with Auckland Council to fund a three-year project, working with iwi and the Matakana Coast Trails Trust. The project identifies trail routes and secures easements to connect communities to each other and to natural amenities.

Further south, the Connecting Franklin-North Waikato project identifies a strategy for recreation and active transport in southern Auckland and northern Waikato. In partnership with Waikato District and Regional councils, and supported by local iwi and the Franklin Local Board of Auckland Council, the project will continue into the 2019-2020 year.

Proactive regional projects like these will reduce the number of disputes and public access enquiries that members of the public raise with the Commission. Effective planning of new access combined with forecasting of potential issues will help ensure that access is available where and when wanted, with appropriate restrictions where necessary.

The Commission’s flagship digital tools continued to develop in 2018-2019. It prepared for a major upgrade of the infrastructure underpinning the Walking Access Mapping System. The new Find My Adventure tracks and trails search tool helps provide consistent and effective information on where, when and how the public can access the outdoors.

Promoting responsible outdoor behaviour is the focus of new and updated print materials. These are distributed via recreational organisations, the Regional Field Advisor network and other methods. They help to ensure that people recreating in the outdoors have a positive impact on our environment and on private landholders. The Commission also launched a series of podcasts, interviewing people on topics including the importance of caring for the outdoors and how the Commission’s work contributes to that.