Hearing from people who create, care for and treasure tracks and trails in Aotearoa
Creating easements for picturesque Queenstown tracks
Ric Cullinane, our Tumuaki/Chief Executive shares the story behind creating easements for some stunning tracks located in central Otago.
This 10 year long project spans back to the dawn of the commission. The story includes behind the scenes information on easements, international celebrities and what can only be described as eye-watering views.
Asher departs the Commission
After four years at the Walking Access Commission Asher Wilson-Goldman is leaving us. He takes time out in his last week to talk about some of the changes to public access during his time as strategic communications and partnerships manager. And he talks about some of the challenges and issues for public access in the future.
Dr Mick Abbott talks about letting the North Waikato landscape shape its people
Professor Mick Abbott teaches landscape architecture and sustainable land use at Lincoln University. He has a passion for New Zealand's many special outdoor places. He is working on a project to develop a network of tracks and trails that will connect the people of Franklin-North Waikato to each other and to the awa. He talks to us about his view that landscapes can shape people rather than people shaping landscapes. You can see his Franklin-North Waikato report, including maps, on our website.
Picton-Havelock Link Pathway nears the finish line
The 38km Link Pathway Te Ara Tuhono between Picton and Havelock is nearly complete. After 15 years work on it, one of its instigators, Rick Edmonds, is looking forward to finishing.
Edmonds says the idea for the path came when locals noted there was nowhere people could go for walks and enjoy the Marlborough Sounds environment, other than on the edge of the road.
Bay of Islands beach bought to save public access
Geoff Ricketts set up and now chairs the Ipipiri Nature Conservancy Trust, which this week bought Elliot Bay Farm in the Bay of Islands. You can see a map of the area on the Walking Access Commission website. The trust is going to preserve public access to the beach and also hopes to build a Great Walk standard multi-day walk on the bush-covered land.
Photo credit: Richard Craig Smart
Don Cameron on the link between public access and trapping to protect native birds
Don Cameron is the new chair of the Walking Access Commission board. He''s also mayor of the Ruapehu District Council and a keen advocate for enjoying the outdoors. In this episode, he talks about the link between good multi-modal tracks and trails and protecting our biodiversity with traps.