New look for Commission website and e-newsletter

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has created a new-look e-newsletter and is upgrading its website to make it easier for people to find information about outdoor access and responsible behaviour in the outdoors.

The redesigned website will go live in the new year, featuring a cleaner, less cluttered look that will make navigation simpler and better highlight the Commission's latest outdoor access news.

It will complement the new e-newsletter, which was sent for the first time this month to people on the Commission's email newsletter subscriber list. The e-newsletter carries the same content as the Commission's print Accessing New Zealand newsletter and is ideal for people who prefer to receive news from the Commission via email. It arrives in the body of an email, rather than as an attachment, and is small in file size, making it easier for those on dial-up to receive. Previously subscribers who asked to receive the newsletter via email received a PDF file attachment.

Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said the improvements were the result of feedback from people who responded to the Colmar Brunton Walking Access Survey, conducted in February, and a smaller survey distributed by email with the Commission's July newsletter.

“The findings of both of those surveys suggested that many people who interact with us want to receive their information via email or online. These improvements will boost the quality of our communications and make information about the outdoors easier to obtain.â€