Advocacy Plan and Policy

Recreation Advocacy Committee

The passion and enthusiasm of Club members to climb, tramp and explore in our backcountry continues to motivate the work of our Recreation Advocacy Committee.

Much change is underway in backcountry planning, and there are many challenges ahead for NZAC. Priorities for the Recreation Advocacy Committee include ensuring the character and quality of the alpine experience is not eroded, and to maintain mountain access and infrastructure. This includes maintaining natural values and landscape values, and maintaining cultural and historic places of importance to the mountain community. 

The Committee gets involved in the mix of back country concession applications, developments and policy reviews.  For example, throughout 2012 this included:

  • opposing a concession application to double the numbers of guided groups on the Routeburn Track.
  • Submissions on the Tai Poutini West Coast Management Plan partial review
  • Meetings with Westpower Ltd re the Waitaha Hydro proposal.

Advocating for a  Club of 3200 members, which has a legitimate ranges of views, continually provides challenges. However, with debate, members often find a greater understanding of backcountry management issues, and a club position can often be reached.

It’s noted that the Recreation Advocacy Committee is not an environmental committee, and doesn’t get involved in all matters relating to the backcountry environment. 


Maintain NZAC as the recognised key stakeholder for backcountry planning, regarding alpine tramping, mountaineering  and backcountry skiing.

The Strategic Objectives of the Recreation Advocacy Committee:  

A)        Prepare submissions to Department of Conservation and local Councils on relevant concession/consent applications.

B)        Communication and consultation with other organizations who have similar objectives, in particular FMC. 

Convener: Peter Barnes