Many members in the South Island will be familiar with how important Crown Pastoral (lease) Land is for accessing the South Island High Country. It makes up 5% on NZ's land mass and is highly valued for its intrinsic recreational opportunities, as well as its role in accessing Public Conservation Land beyond it. As far back as 2016, Recreation Aotearoa members have been expressing concerns about reduced access in this realm.
In early 2019 LINZ undertook a review of its stewardship of Crown Pastoral Land, which Recreation Aotearoa contributed to.
Recreation Aotearoa has made a submission on Christchurch City Council's Long Term Plan.
Recreation Aotearoa has been contributing to a targeted review by MBIE of the adventure activities regime. The review ran from August to December last year and had a major focus on the role of natural hazards in adventure activities - clearly a response to the tragic incident on Whakaari/White Island.
Recreation Aotearoa Advocacy Manager, Sam Newton, looks back at 2020 and what 2021 might hold.