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Walking Access Mapping System a hit with users
The Walking Access Mapping System, launched last year to show land across the country open to public access, has received a glowing review from users.
Ninety seven per cent of respondents to a recent user survey found the information on the system useful and an equal percentage said they would recommend it to others. Nine out of ten people (89 per cent) said the system was easy to use.
The nationwide mapping system, online at www.wams.org.nz, was launched by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission in July 2011 after an eight-month testing and consultation period. It uses GIS technology to show land open to public access, as well as property boundaries and topographic and aerial maps. Questions about access and access disputes can be lodged direct through the system for investigation by the Commission.
New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson thanked users for their feedback, saying it would be used to further improve the system.
â€œThe findings of this survey will help drive future development. While it's great to hear the mapping system is highly valued by users, there are also some areas identified for improvement. This will be taken on board and we will work to further improve the system when we introduce major enhancements later in the year.â€