Walking body launches code on out­doors

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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

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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.

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