RE: We “freedom camp”
February 3 2020
I have the opposite perspective to the writer, we “freedom camp”. New Zealand Citizens, have a certified CSC motorhome and also belong to a club and pay fees. We also often pick up rubbish left by others at camp spots. The only time I have caught someone defecation it was a local in a car. “Camping” happened long before there were any more organized Council designated, paid Camps. Paid camps came about because some people worked out that they could make money out of it. I intensely dislike the test “freedom camping”, it gives non-campers a label to group all people camping outside of paid camps into a group and vilify them, both responsible and irresponsible people, tourists and NZ citizens, and creates unfair hatred for them. We have seen this kind of behavior (vilification) before in this world and have seem the results, There have already been “freedom campers” killed, possibly through this, we don’t really know the true motives. If this was not the motive in these cases it is still a danger that a climate is created in which campers who have done nothing wrong are hated. If you doubt this, look at comments on politicians FB pages when they say something about it! Human Rights and the 2011 freedom camping act give anyone the right to camp on any public land. It also gives councils the right to restrict camping in spots they can designate for very limited reasons. If they do this, they are required by law to post a sign explaining this at that spot. Councils designating places for freedom camping is helpful and greatly appreciated, but they can’t limit it to these places by law. The people making the disgusting mess at these places are irresponsible! They will do this if they camping or not, tourists and citizens.
To be more correct, call them “Irresponsible people who are camping”.