Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 adopted today by Auckland Council’s Governing Body

Today Auckland Council’s Governing Body has adopted the Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Te Ture ā-Rohe Noho Puni Wātea ā-Waka 2022 / Auckland Council Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022.

The decision follows Bylaw Panel recommendations on public feedback received during consultation in October and November last year.

Chair of the Freedom Camping Bylaw Panel, Councillor Linda Cooper, says the new Bylaw will protect sensitive areas, public health and safety and access to-controlled areas, from the impacts of freedom camping councils in vehicles.

“During our consultation, we received feedback from 1,572 people, 46 organisations, and 21 local boards.

“Today we recommended to the Governing Body that it adopt the proposal, with some key changes that we made as a result of the feedback we received.

“These changes will enable responsible freedom camping to occur in suitable areas, while prohibiting or restricting camping in areas that need it the most.

“Auckland is a popular destination for freedom camping, so it’s important that we get the rules right.

“We believe that the new Bylaw does that, so we’re really pleased with the Governing Body’s decision today,” says Councillor Cooper.

Key changes to the proposal that was released for public consultation in 2021 include:

  • prohibiting freedom camping from 13 additional sites suggested through public feedback because evidence provided in feedback and 2018 site assessments justify their protection. These sites are:
o Glenesk Road (eastern end), Piha o Piha Wetlands and adjacent part of Seaview Road, Piha
o Karekare Road Carpark, Karekare o French Bay Carpark, French Bay
o North Piha Strand / Marine Parade North, Piha o South Piha Strand / Marine Parade South, Piha
o Little Huia, Huia Road o Vellenoweth Green, St Heliers
o Colonial Road, Birkenhead o Opou Road end, Titirangi
o Milford Reserve, Milford o Te Henga Park, Bethells Beach
o roadside parking adjacent to St Heliers Bay reserve on Tamaki Drive
  • amending restrictions at Hingaia Reserve to reduce the number of vehicles allowed from eight to five, to better protect public access,
  • reclassifying two restricted areas as prohibited areas to better protect public access to these areas (Anderson’s Beach Reserve, Glendowie and Trusts Arena, Henderson),
  • and clarifying temporary provisions relating to the definition of ‘certified self-contained vehicle’, no return period, maximum stay on Waiheke Island, and rule changes.

You can read the full summary of the Freedom Camping Bylaw Panel recommendations at our website.

The new Bylaw will come into effect from 1 September 2022. The existing Bylaw will apply throughout Auckland until then and can be viewed at our website.

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