The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a review of the Walking Access Act 2008 (the Act) proposing more than 30 changes.
MPI says the review was informed by public engagement between 17 May 2019 and 2 July 2019 and received and analysed 638 written submissions.
Of the 30 recommendations in the Report on the Findings of the Review of the Act, 10 either will or may require legislative change. 6 technical adjustments which require legislative changes are also included.
Both names of the Act and the Walking Access Commission, which the Act established, are proposed changes to reflect support of public access to the outdoors generally, as opposed to solely walking access.
Acknowledgement of the relationship between Māori and the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi are included in the recommendations.
MPI’s further formal policy process to test findings will “include consultation with the public, before the government decides on any changes to the Act and the Commission’s work,” says Charlotte Denny, MPI director of land, water and climate policy.