Data Capture Basics (DCB) knows of no track agency in New Zealand that has used a true track baseline survey for its long-term budget planning.
While DCB saw general support for the broad principles of a track baseline survey method in a 2011 survey of 8 local authorities, none have adopted the method. The reason appears to be a question of priorities influenced by a wariness of transparent budgeting.
DCB will continue to promote the track baseline survey method in the Department of Conservation and the NZ Local Government Association.
Projects to date:
- 398 kilometres, Waitakere and Hunua Ranges Waharau and Omana Regional Park cycling, walking and tramping tracks for the Auckland Regional Council, between 2008 and 2010.
- 6 kilometres walking and cycling tracks in New Plymouth District Council’s Mangamahoe and Huatoki Reserves in a pilot survey to introduce Track Shape to the Council in 2011.
- Twenty-four kilometres mapping; Palmers, South Fork and Kaiaraara Tracks, provided on an introductory, voluntary basis to the Auckland Office of the Department of Conservation in 2010.
Track and Road Use Monitoring
Between 2006 and present, DCB monitored tracks and roads for the Auckland Regional Council Parks, Auckland Council Regional and Urban Parks, and Auckland Transport (roadside pedestrians) and is currently monitoring tracks in the Waitakere Ranges and the access road at Maungawhau (Mt Eden).
Visitor monitoring using the Canadian TRAFx detection equipment has been DCB’s main focus since 2010.
The following local authorities have contracted DCB to train and advise staff in the use of TRAFx devices:
- Auckland Regional Council,
- Auckland Council Regional and Urban Parks
- Christchurch City Council,
- Environment Canterbury,
- Hauraki District Council,
- New Plymouth District Council,
- Hauraki District Council
- Nelson City Council.