Walking Access Act 2008

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Walking Access Act 2008

Public Act
2008 No 101
Date of assent
29 September 2008
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.


5Act binds the Crown
6New Zealand Walking Access Commission established
7Commission is Crown entity
8Board of Commission
9Objective of Commission
10Functions of Commission
11Consideration of priorities for walking access over private land
12Purpose and status of code
13Contents of code
14Preparation of draft code
15Notice of draft code to public
16Matters to be considered
17Issue of code
18Amendment or revocation of code
19Availability of code
20Proposal to declare walkway over public land
21Administering authority’s consent required for walkway over public land
22Plan of walkway over public land
23Name of walkway over public land
24Declaration of walkway over public land
25Registration of notice declaring walkway over public land
26Negotiation of walkway over private land
27Maori freehold land
28Plan of walkway over private land
29Registration of easement, lease, or transfer
30Name of walkway over private land
31Declaration of walkway over private land
32Registration of notice declaring walkway over private land
33Rights of public to use walkways
34Powers of Commission in relation to walkways
35Appointment of controlling authorities
36Appointment of controlling authorities for walkways on public land
37Functions and powers of controlling authorities
38Closure of walkways
39Public notification of closure of walkway
40Revocation of notice declaring walkway
41Registration of notice revoking walkway
42Surrender of easements and leases
43Appointment and removal of enforcement officers
44Other persons also enforcement officers under this Act
45Appointment and removal of honorary enforcement officers
46Warrants of appointment
47Surrender of warrant
48Exercise of powers
49Use of dog or vehicle
50Power to interfere to prevent or stop offending
51Power to require personal details
52Protection of persons acting under authority of this Part
53How proceedings commenced
54Strict liability offences
55Defences to strict liability offences
56Offences requiring knowledge, intent, or recklessness
57Not offence if authorised by regulations
58Relationship with offence provisions in other enactments
60Penalties for continuing offences
61Penalties for bodies corporate
62Liability of directors and managers
63Sentence of community work
64Offenders liable for loss, damage, or costs
65Evidence in proceedings
66Limitation on liability of landholders
69Bylaws to be approved by Commission and published
70Minor changes and error corrections
71Certain other requirements do not apply to bylaws
72Existing controlling authorities of walkways to continue
73Easements, leases, and agreements to vest in Commission
74Agreements made under New Zealand Walkways Act 1990
75Grants and gifts to Commission
76Liability of Commission
77Current contributors to Government Superannuation Fund
78No entitlement to recommence contributions to Government Superannuation Fund
79Commission is controlling authority
80Minister must review Act
81New Zealand Walkways Act 1990 repealed
82Acts amended

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: