Walk­ing tracks re­view

Manawatu Guardian - - FOOD -

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) has be­gun a re­view of the Walk­ing Ac­cess Act 2008. MPI will be as­sess­ing the act and whether it still pro­vides the ac­cess needed to New Zealand’s out­doors — land, bush, moun­tains, rivers, coasts and ar­eas of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance.

Un­der the act, a re­view must be un­der­taken af­ter 10 years and whether it is fit for the fu­ture and what im­prove­ments are needed. MPI di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­ment & com­mu­ni­ties Char­lotte Denny says New Zealan­ders love to get out­doors and want to have ac­cess to a range of places to walk, bike, hunt, swim, surf and boat, whether in town, in ru­ral ar­eas or fur­ther afield.

“As part of the re­view, we’ll be meet­ing with a num­ber of stake­hold­ers in De­cem­ber 2018 do some early scop­ing of what the is­sues are, and con­sult with the pub­lic in April/May 2019 to get their views on these is­sues.”

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