Mount Manaia
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Being responsible

It is important that those enjoying the outdoors understand what is meant by reasonable and responsible behaviour. This section of the Code identifies seven areas of responsibility and provides guidance on how to take personal responsibility for one’s own actions. In particular, it covers respecting the interests of other people and taking care of the environment.

While many already understand what behaviour is appropriate, the topics covered in this section will provide information so that everyone can make informed decisions. This will help to avoid damage such as breaking a fence, disturbing stock, causing interference such as blocking a gate with a vehicle or recklessly disturbing birds or other wildlife.

Being aware of others and making room for them can help avoid conflicts between different outdoor pursuits, for example, walking, mountain biking and horse riding on the same track or fishing and boating in the same reach of a river.

There is a large body of legislation that deals with the kinds of inappropriate behaviour of concern on both public and private land. Many aspects of poor conduct are covered by existing laws and by-laws, for example, littering, vandalism and excessive noise. A list of relevant statutes is given in Appendix 2. Landholders or access users who are faced with serious and/ or persistent anti-social behaviour should contact Police, local authority or the Commission for advice.

Appendix 2: Relevant legislation