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Camping ambassadors wanted

This page contains information about calling for volunteers to be part of our Responsible Freedom Camping programme this summer.
Updated: 11/10/2018 2:00 p.m.

​If you enjoy talking with tourists, have afternoons and evenings free, and live near one of Whangārei’s ten most popular freedom camping sites, you could become a volunteer responsible freedom camping ambassador.

Whangarei District Council is seeking expressions of interest from community groups or individuals wanting to be considered for an ambassador role during the peak 2018/2019 camping season.

These ambassadors will form a significant part of a wider programme aimed at promoting responsible freedom camper behaviours and increasing resident confidence that freedom campers will respect their environment and quality of life. 

“The rise in freedom camper numbers has brought increased social and economic benefit to the district, but also pressure on existing infrastructure and growing numbers of complaints from residents,” says Whangārei Mayor, Sheryl Mai.

“This is a nation-wide issue, with central government in August providing funding to 28 New Zealand Councils, Whangārei included, to upgrade camping site infrastructure and implement a responsible freedom camping education and monitoring programme.”

This funding will be used to develop, implement and support the roll out of Council’s Responsible Freedom Camping Programme at Whangārei’s ten busiest freedom camping sites of:

  • Ruakaka Beach Reserve
  • Wehiwehi Road in Matapouri
  • Kowharewa Bay
  • Sandy Bay
  • Woolleys Bay
  • Whananaki North
  • Tamaterau
  • Parua Bay
  • Mt Manaia
  • Ocean Beach

“Ideally, there will be a few ambassadors at each site to rotate the daily tasks of greeting campers, ensuring they know the rules, recording data and reporting any problems to Council and its enforcement agency, Armourguard,” Mayor Mai says.

“Ambassadors will have no enforcement responsibilities themselves, rather they will educate our visitors in a friendly manner about the standards of behaviour expected of them. We are confident this will achieve a good level of voluntary compliance with our freedom camping rules.”

Successful ambassador applicants will receive full training, a koha for expenses and ongoing Council support throughout the programme’s operating period of 20 December 2018 to 10 February 2019.

“As Council’s eyes, ears and message carriers at these busy sites, ambassadors will be integral to everyone enjoying Whangārei this summer, so we want to assist them as best we can,” Mayor Mai says.

To learn more about freedom camping in Whangārei or to apply to become an ambassador, you can read more about it on our Responsible Freedom Camping page on our website (link below).

Ambassador application forms are also available from:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, Forum North in Rust Ave
  • Contacting WDC Responsible Freedom Camping Co-ordinator
    Sue Halliwell - 09 4703196 or email 

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 9 November with successful candidates advised by 4pm on Friday 16 November.

Ambassadors must be able to attend one of the Responsible Freedom Camping training sessions to be held on:

Date: Tuesday 27 November, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November

Venue: Old Café, Forum North, Rust Avenue

Time: 5.30pm and 7:00pm



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