OK. Here is the good oil.
I did a "mystery shopper" excercise in Rotorua a couple of days ago.
I looked at their website, which told me that all the allowed freedom camping areas were well outside the city and which also said the those found FC within the city would be asked to relocate to a designated camp.
I looked at their parking bylaw, which told me that I could park my MH on any city street for up to 7 consecutive days BUT that it was not legal to occupy said MH.
I rang the council and asked where I could stay overnight in Rotorua, to which I was informed, eventually, after much consulting of web pages and asking "those who know these things", "It is illegal to freedom camp in Rotorua"
I rang the iSite which told me "It is illegal to freedom camp in Rotorua."
I then mounted my high horse and penned an acerbic contribution to this thread. But instead decided to see what Bruce Lochore had to say about what I'd found.
Bruce has just replied. He's still on the road and so has not been able to access and post anything on the forum. But here is the crux of what he says. (In fact, I'm sure he won't mind if I quote him verbatim - avoids any "interpretation"
Answers to the points raised are.
Both the Freedom camping statement on their web page and 21.2 of their Parking bylaws were to be altered. This was agreed prior to them becoming MHF
I have been in touch with them today and they are fixing it.
The customer service question is also being addressed. It appears the message has not got through yet, this is not uncommon as we have similar issues with I-sites around the country from time to time.
21 CARAVANS / CAMPER VEHICLES
21.1 No person shall stop, stand or park any caravan, camper vehicle, house bus or mobile home on any road for any continuous
period exceeding seven days without the prior written consent of Council.
21.2 was and should have been removed. (This is a result of the TCDC decision) They are working on this now.
This leaves FC for up to 7 days which is more than acceptable.
There is also overnight parking for 9 CSC vehicles at Government Garden campervan park with CCTV. Non CSC vehicles can park there through the day but not at night.
They are also looking at a new dump station.
So, it seems that the RDC has not yet had time to make the changes to their website, their bylaw, and their staff training needed to implement their side of the deal.
The NZMCA clearly made the Motorhome Friendly announcement in good faith (and probably a tad before the RDC would have liked - but hey, it was a pretty good announcement to be able to make at the Rotorua presentation)
So thanks to Bruce for clearing that up for us.
Maybe we should send another mystery shopper in a month's time