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Camping in Public Places

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This page tells you about camping in public places on Council land.
Updated: 2/04/2020 11:21 a.m.
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Self-Contained Vehicle certification.

Guidance for visiting campers during the Covid 19 lock-down period

Effective immediately, and in collaboration with NZ Police and Northland District Health Board, Whangarei District Council advises all people freedom camping or living in vehicles at Northland freedom camping sites to move on the instruction of Police to a designated central city freedom camping lockdown site on Pohe Island Road at William Fraser Memorial Park on Riverside Drive in Whangarei, if not already situated at a designated central city freedom camping site. Campers in these sites must self isolate where they are.

This move will ensure the welfare of all campers and provide them with closer access to medical help should they require it. It applies to all freedom campers and vehicle dwellers regardless of self containment certification.

Please note:

  • A second freedom camping lockdown area will be set up at the Whangarei Aquatic Centre carpark. Both this carpark and the Pohe Island Road carpark will be closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown.
  • The William Fraser Memorial park site has water and rubbish collection available, along with an individual chemical toilet for the use of each vehicle’s occupants.
  • Once situated at the above site, campers are expected remain there unless sourcing necessary supplies, seeking medical help or visiting the Kioreroa Road dump station.
  • Freedom campers and vehicle dwellers already at central city locations may remain where they are unless instructed to move by Police or Whangarei District Council.
  • All campers must comply with the requirements for freedom camping lock down as stipulated below.
  • Whangarei District Council, NZ Police and the Northland District Health Board remind locals to be kind to our overseas visitors at this time. They are guests in our country and have been caught up in this difficult situation through no fault of their own.
  • Council and other community groups such as Open Arms are working hard to move any homeless people, or those living out of their cars, into temporary accommodation.
All non self contained campers or those struggling to maintain self containment must report to the carpark on Pohe Island Road at William Fraser Memorial Park on Riverside Drive in Whangarei (see map below).

This site has water and rubbish collection available, along with an individual chemical toilet for the use of each vehicle’s occupants.

Map of William Fraser Memorial Park accessible from Riverside Drive and Te Matau a Pohe.
Location of William Fraser Memorial Park

Other important information for campers

  • Be aware of the risks you face regarding access to water and disposal of waste and practise heightened cleaning and hand washing protocols and social distancing at all times. 
  • You will be instructed what to do with rubbish by a visiting Council contractor. Please contain your own rubbish on board your vehicle until that time.
  • Remain the required distance of 2 metres from all other campers at all times, except those with whom they are sharing a vehicle.
  • Park your vehicles no less than 6 camping spaces from all other campers.
  • Comply with all instructions from police or Armourguard enforcement officers regarding your camping situation and conditions. The New Zealand Police are responsible for enforcing the self-isolation requirements and are assigning significant resources to identifying any persons that are not following these requirements and to ensuring that such persons do comply.
  • Visit our website and/or our Facebook page regularly throughout lock down period for updated freedom camping information.
Whangarei District Council page on Facebook

 

Temporary Accommodation for self isolation

Council and other community groups such as Open Arms are working hard to move any homeless people, or those living out of their cars, into temporary accommodation.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or resident on a low income or benefit, you can contact Work and Income to see if you’re eligible for this support. If you do not ordinarily reside in New Zealand, please contact your embassy or consulate for further assistance.

To register for temporary accommodation, phone 0508 754 163 or visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website:

COVID-19 Temporary accommodation Government program

 

 

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