Fol­low the out­door code

Central Leader - - 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 our cul­ture and it is im­por­tant peo­ple are aware of how to be­have re­spon­si­bly.

‘‘Many thou­sands of New Zealan­ders will en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties in the out­doors with fam­ily and friends th­ese hol­i­days,’’ Mr Nee­son says.

The Com­mis­sion has pub­lished the New Zealand Out­door Ac­cess Code to help im­prove un­der­stand­ing of how to be­have when ac­cess­ing the out­doors.

Among its top tips are to al­ways con­sider oth- ers, take care when us­ing firearms or light­ing fires, and ask per­mis­sion be­fore cross­ing pri­vate land.

An ed­u­ca­tion web­site called Both Sides of the Fence has also been launched to help school chil­dren and their teach­ers un­der­stand dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives around ac­cess and its im­por­tance to the New Zealand way of life.

Mr Nee­son says ed­u­ca­tion was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant be­cause a greater num­ber of New Zealan­ders were grow­ing up in cities and were not as ex­posed to ru­ral life.

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 ac­tiv­i­ties, fol­lowed by swim­ming, pho­tog­ra­phy, fish­ing and camp­ing.

Be po­lite: Re­mem­ber to con­sider oth­ers when en­joy­ing the out­doors, take care when us­ing firearms or light­ing fires and ask per­mis­sion be­fore cross­ing pri­vate land.

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