Walking body launches code on outdoors
If you are heading into the great outdoors this summer remember to act responsibly.
The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is encouraging New Zealanders to follow the ‘‘Kiwi Way’’ when accessing the outdoors this holiday season.
Commission chief executive Mark Neeson says free access to beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains is a wonderful part of New Zealand’s culture, and it is important people are aware of how to behave responsibly.
‘‘Getting amongst our beautiful outdoors is part of what it is to be a New Zealander, and it’s important that everyone remembers to follow the Kiwi way by being responsible and respectful of other people,’’ Mr Neeson said.
The Commission has published the New Zea- land Code.
Among its top tips are to always consider others when enjoying the outdoors, take care when using firearms or lighting fires, and ask permission before crossing private land.
An education website
Access called Both Sides of the Fence has also been launched to help schoolchildren and their teachers understand different perspectives around access. Mr Neeson says most people are well connected with the outdoors and continue to behave respect- fully, but education is becoming increasingly important because a greater number of New Zealanders are growing up in cities and haven’t been as exposed to rural life as some previous generations.
According to last year’s Colmar Brunton Walking Access Survey, 92 per cent of New Zealanders access the outdoors in a typical year.
Short walks, picnics and family outings are the most popular outdoor recreational activities, followed by swimming, photography, fishing and camping.