10 Functions of Commission

(1)

In meeting its objective under section 9, the Commission has the following functions:

(a)

providing national leadership on walking access by—

(i)

preparing and administering a national strategy; and

(ii)

co-ordinating walking access among relevant stakeholders and central and local government organisations, including Sport and Recreation New Zealand:

(b)

providing local and regional leadership on, and co-ordination of, walking access in collaboration with local authorities:

(c)

compiling, holding, and publishing maps and information about land over which members of the public have walking access:

(d)

providing advice on walking access to the Minister or any other person:

(e)

facilitating resolution of disputes about walking access, including initiating negotiations about disputed issues, mediating disputes, and referring disputes to a court, tribunal, or other dispute resolution body:

(f)

negotiating with landholders to obtain walking access (including walkways, which are one form of walking access) over public or private land:

(g)

negotiating rights in addition to any walking access that is obtained, such as the right of access with firearms, dogs, bicycles, or motor vehicles:

(h)

administering a fund to finance the activities of the Commission, or any other person, in obtaining, developing, improving, maintaining, administering, and signposting walking access over any land:

(i)

receiving and managing private funding, contributions, or sponsorship for the promotion of walking access:

(j)

researching, educating the public about, and participating in topics and programmes related to walking access:

(k)

developing, promoting, and maintaining the code of responsible conduct:

(l)

administering walkways under this Act, with planning and supervision focused at a local level:

(m)

monitoring the compliance with, and enforcement of, this Act in relation to walkways.

(2)

If the Commission is aware that a site is culturally sensitive, it must consider whether it is appropriate to publish a map or information indicating the location of the site before doing so.