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Awards celebrate NZ's public access champions
Four of New Zealand's public access champions were celebrated recently at the inaugural New Zealand Walking Access Commission Awards in Wellington.
The awards, presented during a ceremony at the Commission's National Forum 2013 on 23 September, recognised significant contributions towards improving public access to New Zealand's outdoors.
Those honoured were Nelson farmers Ian and Barbara Stuart, Wellington and Dunedin legal advisor and author Brian Hayes and Dunedin public access advocate Alan McMillan.
New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chairman John Forbes said the four award recipients had made their land available for the public to enjoy or given their time, knowledge and skills to make it easier for Kiwis and overseas visitors alike to enjoy the outdoors New Zealand is famous for.
â€œThe Stuart family, Brian Hayes and Alan McMillan are some of our country's great access champions. Their monumental efforts over many years have helped create the access we enjoy today and will no doubt play a major role in ensuring future generations continue to enjoy the same.â€