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The Downs and Ups and Downs of Kime Hut

I’m unsure what to make of the latest happenings surrounding Kime Hut. This Saturday the TTC had been planning to host its own “opening ceremony” at the hut. If you haven’t heard, however, the TTC has been forced to abandon … Continue reading

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On New Zealand Conservation Estate Fees for Tourists

It’s interesting to see that David Round, a member of the Aoraki Conservation Board, is calling for foreigners to be charged more than NZ Citizens and Residents for use of the Conservation Estate. From that single article, it’s unclear to … Continue reading

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My submission about increasing maximum penalties on the Conservation Estate

I’ve finally put my submission in for the Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill, which (if successful) will increase maximum penalties available for many crimes on the Conservation Estate by about ten-fold. Often this will be good. For example, judges have … Continue reading

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The entry restrictions of Matiu/Somes Island

My previous post criticised some aspects of closed public land, and how DoC sometimes handles it, and so I found it interesting to read a report on Tuesday of DoC rangers being verbally abused in a comparable scenario. It occurred … Continue reading

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A Brief Question: Public Land Access Rights and DoC

The introduction below was an opinion piece thefor the November 2012 Federated Mountain Clubs Bulletin. With permission I’m republishing it, plus extra content that includes legal references and various opinions of my own. Please be mindful that nothing here is … Continue reading

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A New Trusted Contact Service for Outdoor Safety in New Zealand

About a year ago, DoC announced that it was pulling out of the business of taking intentions for visitors to New Zealand’s back-country. It was only ever doing so inconsistently anyway, through ad-hoc arrangements at various visitor centres, but the … Continue reading

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Check Out FMC Bulletin Number 190

A Track Closed sign in the Eastern Tararua Range. Photo: Craig McGregor. If you have access to the November 2012 copy of the Federated Mountain Clubs Bulletin Number 190, please take a look at pages 40-41 on which I have … Continue reading

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It’s All in the Context

Federated Mountain Clubs, in its October newsletter [PDF], notes the appearance of fake Department of Conservation signs around huts at the Otago/Southland end of the country. Some have political undertones and some just prompting cheap laughs. I’m not aware of … Continue reading

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Cooking gas to be removed from some Tararua Huts

I realise there will be concerns about the Department of Conservation’s Wairarapa Conservancy deciding to remove cooking gas from several huts on the Wairarapa side of the Tararuas. DoC’s current Wairarapa Alerts page lists three of the affected huts as … Continue reading

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DoC Track Time Calculation Nightmares

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Sometimes it’s just fun to leave the sign there. I found it really interesting to read Alistair Hall’s article in Wilderness Magazine, which describes a recent Official Information Act Request to the Department … Continue reading

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