Treading softly

Some parts of Aotearoa New Zealand have a special spiritual and cultural significance for our community.

The stories featured in the scenarios provide students with opportunities to think critically about situations where two points of view may be valid. The first part of each scenario presents a situation where students could form a first impression about access rights. The second half of the scenario provides new information which may cause students to review and change their first thoughts.

Treading softly - Scenario Cards

What do you think about this issue?

Read each 'side of the fence' view and then see what the Outdoor Access Code says about this.

One side of the fence

Māori land is often of historical, cultural or geographical interest to the general public.

The other side of the fence

Having respect for the land is a core belief for many iwi and hapū. 

What the Code says:

Whaia nga tapuwae o nga tupunafollow in the ancestors’ footprints. Māori land, under the Te Ture Whenua Act, does not generally have public access rights. Permission must be sought from the owners or those authorised by them, and the relevant tikanga learned and followed.