15 episodes

Hearing from people who create, care for and treasure tracks and trails in Aotearoa

Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa New Zealand Walking Access Commission Ara Hikoi Aotearoa

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Hearing from people who create, care for and treasure tracks and trails in Aotearoa

    John Forbes farewells the Walking Access Commission

    John Forbes farewells the Walking Access Commission

    John Forbes has been with the Walking Access Commission since before its inception. Last week we marked his retirement and celebrated his contribution to outdoor public access in New Zealand. Many of the speakers, including John, took the opportunity to talk about the history (and the future) of the Commission and of public access.

    • 4 min
    Barbara Stuart of Cable Bay Station talks about allowing public access on farmland

    Barbara Stuart of Cable Bay Station talks about allowing public access on farmland

    Barbara Stuart and her husband Ian own Cable Bay Station near Nelson. They have shared the spectacular scenery and beach access on their land with locals and tourists for decades. She tells us some of the reasons farmers might want to consider for allowing public access on their land.

    • 3 min
    Sarah Cruickshank on improving our maps with new GIS

    Sarah Cruickshank on improving our maps with new GIS

    Sarah Cruickshank is the Walking Access Commission's GIS and IT Manager. GIS (Geographical Information System) enables our Access Maps to display all the information that people use when looking for tracks of public access. Sarah tells us how and why the Commission is updating its GIS, what it will mean for people using our maps and when you can look forward to the new system.

    • 3 min
    Landowners are not responsible for health and safety of outdoor recreationalists

    Landowners are not responsible for health and safety of outdoor recreationalists

    WorkSafe has recently confirmed that people carrying out outdoor recreation are responsible for their own risk rather than landowners or businesses. This matches the advice the Walking Access Commission has given since the Health and Safety at Work law came into effect. In this podcast Sam Newton describes the work that Recreation Aotearoa and John Palmer of the NZ Alpine Club did to get that change. And we talk about why it is good news for land owners who let people onto their land.

    • 5 min
    Sam Newton talks about well-being economics and what it means for outdoor recreation

    Sam Newton talks about well-being economics and what it means for outdoor recreation

    Sam Newton, Advocacy Manager for Recreation Aotearoa, talks about the government's new Wellbeing Budget. Traditional budgets focus on money and growing the economy. But the new Wellbeing Budget also focuses on people, the environment and our natural resources. It creates some exciting opportunities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts because it gives us a new powerful way to describe why the outdoors and recreation are both important.

    • 8 min
    Reviewing the Walking Access Act: giving your feedback on public access to the outdoors

    Reviewing the Walking Access Act: giving your feedback on public access to the outdoors

    The Ministry for Primary Industries is reviewing the Walking Access Act 2008. Asher Wilson-Goldman, the Walking Access Commission's Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager talks about what the Act is, how it promotes public access to the outdoors and what people might want from it in the future.
    MPI wants to hear from people interested in access to the outdoors, so it can get the best possible results from the review. The Act is about increasing free access to tracks, trails and other areas for all sorts of recreation associated with walking - biking, horse riding, four wheel driving, access by Māori to sites of significance, surfing, hunting and fishing.

    To find out more or give your feedback:

    • MPI Walking Access Act Review page
    • Public feedback paper
    • Summary of public feedback paper
    • Online feedback form

    • 10 min

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