Website helps kids access the outdoors responsibly

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has developed an online learning environment called Both Sides of the Fence to help teachers engage and educate students about accessing the outdoors responsibly and the value of outdoor access.

Launched at Northland School in Wellington today, Both Sides of the Fence ( is a free, enquiry-based, digital resource for primary and intermediate school students aged 8-13 years, and their teachers. 

It features engaging animated video scenarios featuring characters such as Kush the dog and Barry the farmer to teach students responsible access behaviour.

“The scenarios are presented from multiple perspectives which help to re-connect urban and rural New Zealand by improving mutual understanding of the value of access and the realities of rural life,â€