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Walking Access Mapping System open for public use

New Zealand: The New Zealand Walking Access Commission opened the Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) (www.wams.org.nz) for public use. It uses GIS technology to allow users to zoom in, using topographic or aerial view, to investigate publically accessible land in any part of New Zealand. It also offers a ‘Tracks and Access Points’ view that shows physical tracks and other access points to the outdoors.
Other functions include an ‘Information Tool’ that can be used to view information about different access classifications or identify publically accessible land within up to 3km of any chosen location. Users can also make enquiries directly to the Commission about public access, use a ‘Draw’ tool to measure distances between various points, and print maps.
Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said the free-to-use Walking Access Mapping System is a valuable resource, both for recreationalists and land owners. “The benefits of the mapping system to groups like walkers, anglers and hunters are huge, but these maps are also vitally important for landholders. Detailed maps that inform the public about land that is and isn’t publically accessible are essential if people are to know the extent and limits of their legal access.”
Many local authorities hold public access information for their area but WAMS is the first time it has been unified into a nationwide system. Other sectors, including the property sector, are now using WAMS as their site of choice.
Source: www.geospatial.govt.nz