Fishers will be able to find that best spot more easily
thanks to a new mapping system.
Fish and Game New Zealand and the Walking Access Commission
have joined forces to produce the new electronic charts which
will provide access information to Fish and Game's fishing
and hunting licence-holders.
Fish and Game has integrated the Commission's Walking Access
Mapping System (Wams) into its 12 regional web pages.
The maps have colour-coded keys identifying not only formed
and unformed (paper) legal roads, but also the opportunities
for anglers and hunters to access conservation land, public
reserves, Crown land and other areas.
Fish and Game communications manager Hamish Carnachan said
fishers and hunters were already using the Wams system
because of the information it provided, so it was logical to
incorporate it into the Fish and Game website.
''Wams has had a profound impact on opening up access
opportunities to public places because it clearly shows where
you're legally allowed to go, thereby removing any doubt or
contention with landowners.
''Embedding the Wams system into our own website was
basically our answer to the question: `How do I get to spot X
''And now that we've mobilised our website for smartphone and
tablet users, they can easily check whether they have legal
right of access to a particular fishing or hunting ground
when they're out and about, provided they can get a network
connection,'' Mr Carnachan said.