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Waiting on a law change

Gary Stoneley, NZ Lifestyle Camping 

The Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill 

As this magazine goes to print we are waiting to hear the government select committee’s recommendation of the bill introduced by Stuart Nash MP.


There are three parts to the proposed legislation, 

  1. requiring certified self contained vehicles to have a fixed toilet, 

  2. changes to the regulatory powers for camping on government controlled land and

  3. greater regulation of the certification process. 


Of greatest concern to NZ vehicle campers has been the draconian approach of requiring permanently fixed toilets which would unfairly penalise thousands of responsible NZ campers, in multiple types of vehicles and from all walks of life. 


Bringing in greater camping restrictions at a time when we should be encouraging NZer’s to be better prepared and more resilient in case of emergency has no logic. 


Lets hope that common sense prevails as in the words of Todd McClay MP:

“This legislation has been poorly drafted and needs fixing. Labour should not misuse its Parliamentary majority to pass a poorly-written law that will unfairly restrict thousands of responsible campers.”

See also 

What’s in a name? 

The power of bylaws

If the law changes

In a time when we should be encouraging NZer’s to be better prepared and more resilient ...

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