Discussions about the risks of losing the right to freedom camp and how to counter these.
 #123621  by muffin
 Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:30 am
And: From the STDC rule book...

" Freedom Camping is a prohibited activity in all public places in the South
Taranaki District, except in freedom camping areas identified in Schedule 1."

Sorry, but this is not a permissive regime.
 #123626  by Zukiwi
 Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:00 am
Not sure what "rule book" you are referring to, but I was referencing the council's Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 https://www.southtaranaki.com/uploaded_ ... ebsite.pdf

There are 3 classifications of council land: FC prohibited (Clause 6 and Schedule 1), restricted (included tenting) (Clause 7 and Schedule 2) and permitted (Clause 8). Specifically Clause 8.1 states:

"Generally freedom camping is permitted in any vehicle accessible area within the South Taranaki District; however, this is restricted to self-contained vehicles only, unless it is a restricted or prohibited significant site as detailed within section 6.2 of this Bylaw or in Schedules One or Two of this Bylaw or any other enactment."

Schedule 1 lists 43 prohibited sites of which 9 are cemeteries and the majority of the remainder are urban sportsgrounds. Schedule 2 lists 32 restricted sites where FC is allowed, including 10 for tenting. Many of these are near or adjacent to prohibited sites in Schedule 1. Also remember that the vast majority of roads and streets fall in the FC permitted class.

Sounds pretty permissive to me.

Cheers
John
 #123659  by Zukiwi
 Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:44 pm
Yes that's why it always pays to go to the source information rather than rely on less authoritative distillations. It's surprising how often official websites (local authorities, etc) have out of date or inaccurate information on their general pages. A more cynical person might infer it's because they don't want you to know the real story and rely on you not seeking it out :-T :shock:

Cheers
John
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