Council is consulting this summer on where to restrict Freedom Camping from mid-2019. It is an extended consultation period to match up with when there is a lot of freedom camping happening so people can report on what they are experiencing first hand.
It's very important to have your say - the deadline for your input is 18th February. You can make a submission online through the Council website, or at Have Your Say events around the region, more info on both at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz (search for "freedom camping").
The new rules would likely apply from mid-2019, after a vote on them by Governing Body (Mayor and ward councillors). Enforcement would be focused on aiming to get people to follow the rules first, with the possibility of a $200 fine if they refuse to do so.
In the Puketapapa Local Board area the proposal is to prohibit (ban) freedom camping entirely at these sites:
- Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, May Rd entrance
- Hillsborough Park
- Keith Hay Park (excluding Rainford St carpark)
- Taylors Bay Reserve
- Wairaki Stream Reserve (Lynfield Cove)
- Monte Cecilia Park
- Waikowhai Park
And restrict (to self-contained only, limited nights & limited number of car park spaces to be used) at these sites:
- Keith Hay Park, Rainford St carpark only - 6 carparking spaces available
- Three Kings Reserve - 10 spaces
- Margaret Griffen Park - 10 spaces
- Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, Gifford Rd parking areas - 2 spaces
Sites not listed will not have restrictions or bans at all, as per the central government legislation that allows freedom camping to happen.
There may be parks not listed above which you think should have restrictions, or perhaps you believe the number of intended carparking spaces is wrong. Maybe you have specific ideas for improvements to a park for it to cope with freedom camping properly. It will be helpful to put your ideas in to the consultation process.
The Puketapapa Local Board is also focusing their February community forum on freedom camping: Wednesday 13th February from 6.30pm to 8pm at Lynfield Recreation Centre's Youth Room, in Margaret Griffen Park.