Wednesday October 11, 2017
If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you!
Looking for champions of public access The Te Araroa Wellington Trust, who built the popular Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment track near Wellington, was one of last year’s winners of The Outdoor Access Champion Awards. The Walking Access Commission is again calling for nominations of people and groups who are champions of public access to the outdoors. Nominations are open until November 17. Winners will be decided by the commission’s board. The Outdoor Access Champion
Awards, which have been running since 2013, recognise those who have made significant and lasting contributions to public access to the outdoors in New Zealand, including through building new tracks and trails, securing new legal access, and championing public rights of access. “These awards are New Zealand’s way of saying thanks to some of the wonderful people who have helped open up the great outdoors to the public,” said Eric Pyle, chief executive of the Walking Access Commission.
“We are lucky to live in a country with such spectacular scenery, and the people who work hard to enable us to experience it deserve recognition for their efforts. “The public are encouraged to think about their local champions - both individuals and groups and put forward a nomination for consideration,” said Eric Pyle. As well as the Te Araroa Wellington Trust, last year’s award winners included Duane Major and Adam Gardiner who led the public campaign
that saw more than 40,000 people donate to buy a beach in Awaroa Inlet and add it to Abel Tasman National Park. The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust were honoured for their work building trails at the top of the South Island as was Rod Eatwell, the largest private landowner on the Queen Charlotte Track. Nominations can be made via the Commission’s website - walkingaccess. govt.nz/our-work/walking-accessawards/ at any time before 5pm on Friday November 17.
DoC gets busy with activities, events and competitions This year Conservation Week (14 – 22 October) is full of fun activities, events and competitions designed to inspire you to take a look in your backyard and see how you can help nature. Department of Conservation protects our amazing and unique wildlife across
the country – and you can help! Even small actions make a big difference. Get along to one of 12 events at Zealandia’s Conservation Week Hub, grab some ‘feral food’ at the Harbourside Market, win a free native plant form Wellington City Council, head to Wellington Zoo
or help wipe out weeds in the Botanic Gardens. Doing something for Conservation Week is easy. Plant a native, set a trap for rats in your garden or local reserve, clean up your local beach or stream, or weed some invasive species.
Enter the “love my backyard” photo competition. The best conservation activity could win you a trip for four with Air New Zealand to the iconic Iconic Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara. Check out www.conservationweek.org. nz for more events and ideas.
Independent Herald 11-10-17