On­line guide and code for walk­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Sun­day strollers, hardy tram­pers and ev­ery­body in be­tween will have no ex­cuse for stray­ing on to pri­vate prop­erty or sa­cred land in fu­ture.

The New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion launched the web­site www.both­sides­oft­he­fence.org.nz at North­land School on Novem­ber 2. The re­source was de­signed for 8- to 13-year-old school pupils and their teach­ers to teach re­spon­si­ble land ac­cess be­hav­iour.

Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Nee­son said sce­nar­ios were pre­sented to help re­con­nect ur­ban and ru­ral New Zealand by im­prov­ing mu­tual un­der­stand­ing of the value of ac­cess and the re­al­i­ties of ru­ral life.

The web­site also has links to the com­mis­sion’s walk­ing ac­cess maps, which de­tail real and pa­per roads, and other ar­eas walk­ers are able to use. One of the site’s creators, David Copeland, said that as a child he and his friends used to play on a lo­cal hill that was known to be pep­pered with dis­used mine shafts.

‘‘We knew, and our par­ents made it very clear that, if we went up to Arnot’s Hill, we had to tell some­body, and there were parts of Arnot’s Hill that we weren’t al­lowed to go to.’’

That kind of lo­cal knowl­edge has been in­cluded in the web­site, he said.

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