Podcast series shares voices of people who care about tracks and trails

Outcome: People access the outdoors responsibly

The Commission has created a new podcast series of short interviews with people who create, care for or use public outdoor access around the country.

In its first short podcast, Commission Kaumatua Peho Tamiana talked about whakatūpato - safety and caution in the bush. Next, he told a story about his early days training men to create trails into the previously inaccessible Te Urewera.

Since then the Commission has talked to Chris Livesey from the Manawa Karioi restoration project about a signage project that is turning a confusing web of tracks on their reserve into something local people can easily explore. It has talked to Lesley Soper from the Omaui Tracks trust about her family’s longstanding historical links to the Omaui Hill and Foveaux Strait. It talked to Sam Newton from Recreation Aotearoa about the Wellbeing Budget and what it means for outdoor recreation. It talked to Rogaine Organiser Grant Hunter about how he has been organising regaining access on private farms for the last two decades.

And it has talked to several of the staff at the Commission about the work they do to promote access to the outdoors.

Podcasts are just one of the ways we are communicating with the outdoor access community. Obviously, conversations with its regional field advisors, kanohi-ki-kanohi, are the most important but it is increasingly experimenting with other media to improve its connections to New Zealanders.