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We are stoked to announce that ACAT and NZAC have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out the basis of our relationship moving forward. NZAC considers that more needs to be done to preserve crag access around the country and has backed ACAT from the outset.  The MOU sets out principles of collaboration, transparency,...
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ACAT is excited to officially announce that we have hired a General Manager to lead the organisation. Edwin Sheppard is an experienced climber who has a legal background in resource management, health and safety and dispute resolution. He has been a key part of ACAT’s development since its inception. Recruiting a GM was a top priority for...
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Email: admin@acat.org.nz Phone: 022 397 0891 Facebook page: Aotearoa Climbing Access Facebook group: Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust Group
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If you have made a donation to ACAT, you are entitled to a 33% tax credit. You can claim your credit at the end of each tax year and either keep the refund or send it back to ACAT to increase your impact. The instructions on this page are for individual donors only. If you donated on behalf of an organisation, see our guidance for company...
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ACAT is working on a range of issues that affect crags on public conservation land, farmland and Māori land. Our key initiatives are designed to help achieve ACAT’s overall charitable purposes. Access information Historically there has been no reliable channels or policies for sharing information about access issues within the climbing...
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ACAT’s General Manager is Edwin Sheppard, an experienced climber who has a legal background in resource management, health and safety and dispute resolution. Recruiting a GM was a top priority for ACAT. This is the first time that anyone has ever been paid to work specifically on rock climbing access issues in New Zealand and it is a huge step...
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These are the overall purposes that are enshrined in ACAT’s Trust Deed, our founding document. All decisions will be directed toward achieving these purposes. Promoting public access to all climbing areas in Aotearoa Protecting climbing access in Aotearoa is all about community and relationships. ACAT’s goal is to help the climbing community...
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We are thrilled to have the father of outdoor pursuits in New Zealand, Sir Graeme Dingle KNZM, MBE, as Patron of ACAT. One of NZ’s greatest climbers, Sir Graeme has been a prolific explorer, pushing the boundaries and developing many new climbing areas around the country. Sir Graeme is a great proponent of outdoor adventure as a means...
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The Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust (ACAT) is bound by New Zealand legislation, including the Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) and the 12 Privacy Principles contained therein. This policy outlines ACAT’s commitment to protecting the privacy of its supporters in accordance with the Act. The information we collect Personal Information is information...
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Our Board of Trustees is the governing body of ACAT, providing strategic oversight and direction to the Trust. The Board seeks to ensure the best interest of all stakeholders in their management decisions, providing highly competent, professional governance by climbers, for climbers.
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ACAT’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Trust. The Board makes key decisions about the direction of the organisation. Day-to-day operations are coordinated by our General Manager.  Establishing the Trust has been a massive effort. Much of the work has been done in coordination with a host of passionate volunteers:
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New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) has been instrumental in developing and supporting ACAT and our organisations intend to maintain a close working relationship into the future. NZAC’s member surveys have shown that climbing access is a top priority for its members, a majority of whom are rock climbers in addition to having other interests. NZAC has...
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Did you know that donations made by companies may be eligible for a tax deduction? A tax deduction reduces the amount of income assessable for tax purposes and can be claimed when filing your annual tax return (IR4). Company donations ACAT is an IRD-approved charity and donee organisation, ao companies that donate to ACAT are eligible to...
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Over the past ten years we have watched many of New Zealand’s most historic and best quality crags close. Some of these crags, such as AGS Rockwall (the Quarry) and Whanganui Bay, had decades of climbing history and were at one time the epicentre of NZ climbing.  These crags even saw the establishment of some of the hardest routes...