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editorial

Editorial

When I began assembling this issue I came up against a dilemma. How to inspire without sweeping under the carpet the negative things happening for freedom camping in New Zealand?

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7 Autumn 2024

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warrants

Self-containment warrant cards: Which one is yours?

What you can do with your particular warrant card.

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7 Autumn 2024

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want-to-fc

So you want to freedom camp

We are in a transition period from the old ‘blue’ warrant system to a new ‘green’ warrant system. The transition period is set to expire 7 June ’25. There is a small possibility that the Minister might choose to extend the transition period: it could help, with so many needing to be certified by so few.

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7 Autumn 2024

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self-contained

What is ‘self-contained’, anyway?

Self-containment is at the heart of the the latest raft of freedom camping changes instituted in 2023.

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7 Autumn 2024

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enforcement

Enforcement of freedom camping rules

Offences to avoid when freedom camping. Who has to pay, Knowing or not knowing you have been ‘infringed’. What information must enforcement officers give? What information are you required to give? You can be required to leave. Impounding things.

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7 Autumn 2024

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not-fc

I am not freedom camping’ cards

We are now in a surreal world of peculiar freedom camping rules. Every camping vehicle is now at risk of substantial fines, wherever it is parked, as the new offence of “preparing to freedom camp” is defined as “parking”.

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7 Autumn 2024

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do-your-bit

Do your bit: Task of the week

Let one person in authority know you want to protect your right to freedom camp on public land.

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7 Autumn 2024

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no-more-fc

No more freedom camping

No more freedom camping for these responsible campers. No room for a fixed loo…

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7 Autumn 2024

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kaikoura

Kaikōura: the freedom camping Wild West

Why stick to the law if you can get away with whatever takes your fancy?

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7 Autumn 2024

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seven-days

7 days a week

7 days a week, NZ Lifestyle Camping works to support NZ campers and the commercial vehicle industry that require certified self-containment

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7 Autumn 2024

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kiwi-camping

Kiwi camping with a difference

It all started with a chance conversation with friends about a special birthday coming up & the fact that I wanted to take my wife & kids on a trip to the South Island.

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7 Autumn 2024

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caravan-floats

My caravan that floats

Our family owns a 24ft (7.3 metre) trailer sailer. It is a bit like a floating caravan and we have had many camping holidays on the water.

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7 Autumn 2024

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rv-services

Camping and RV Businesses Services

Self containment, LPG work, electrical work, motorhome work & more.

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7 Autumn 2024

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beautiful-cassette

A small, beautiful cassette toilet

There is a cassette toilet in that beautifully crafted cabinet.

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5 Spring 2023

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sc-status

Freedom camping & self-containment status, spring 2023

The short version

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5 Spring 2023

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fc-who-does-what

Freedom camping: who does what

The structure of the self containment system.

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5 Spring 2023

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update-sc

Update: Self-containment and freedom camping changes

The Government’s recent changes to Freedom Camping and self-containment certification are now being implemented. These changes mean that over the next 18 to 24 months new regulations may impact your freedom camping.

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5 Spring 2023

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new-law

Freedom camping under the new law

There are new penalties and some exemptions. Are you homeless, or making a lifestyle choice? Who gets fined and how they are notified. The law is vague. Councils and enforcement officers have to make it work.

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5 Spring 2023

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three-types-sc

This is the story of three types of self-contained vehicles…

Baby Bear, Mama Bear and Papa Bear campers

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5 Spring 2023

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business-services

RV & Camper business services

Find businesses and services

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5 Spring 2023

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editorial

Editorial: The good news

The really good news: only 47 infringements issued: 0.03% of the freedom campers.

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4 Winter 2023

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8-degrees

8 degrees of harm

Societal harm caused by the new self contained motor vehicles legislation. With change there always consequences. While some changes are positive and beneficial sometimes consequences cause a degree of harm.

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4 Winter 2023

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changes-in-brief

Self containment changes in brief

What you need to know if you are currently self-contained, currently certified self-contained, planning to be self-contained, not self-contained, or wanting to freedom camp, now the law has changed.

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4 Winter 2023

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lifestyle-camping

NZ lifestyle camping

NZ Lifestyle Camping supports a national network of more than 160 self-containment testing officers throughout NZ and is committed to supporting the NZ leisure camping industry.

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4 Winter 2023

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rv-businesses

RV & Camper business services

Find business to help you with your camper or RV.

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4 Winter 2023

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beautiful-country

A beautiful country, but…

Hold on a minute, we are campers and have most of the items required to survive the first few days of an emergency without outside assistance.

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3 Autumn 2023

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escape-pod

Our little escape pod

We love our little caravan not just for holidays but for other emergency get-a-ways, should the situation call for it.

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3 Autumn 2023

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what-a-name

What’s in a name? Is freedom camping actually free?

Who and how many are freedom camping?

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3 Autumn 2023

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law-change

If the law changes: Managing self-containment

From a small van to a large bus, there are thousands of commercially or home-built vehicles on our roads, providing travellers with all the necessary comforts of living, while they are also self contained.

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3 Autumn 2023

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power-bylaws

The power of freedom camping bylaws

Bylaws differ between regions of Aotearoa New Zealand, and do not exist in almost half of all council districts.
Bylaws are created by local authorities — regional and district councils — to manage public land and facilities.

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3 Autumn 2023

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waiting-law

Waiting on a law change

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

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3 Autumn 2023

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implications-nash

Implications for councils of the proposed ‘Nash bill

Here are the issues to consider with the major legislative change which is currently proposed and going through Select Committee hearings.

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2 Summer 2022

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buckets-gladwrap

Buckets, gladwrap, and gossip

The Minister of Tourism the opened the speaking with gossip of buckets covered in gladwrap being used as toilets in motorhomes.

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2 Summer 2022

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rcai

Test the person not the vehicle

RCAi is a strong advocate for positive solutions to any freedom camping issue, working to protect the right to freedom camp on public land in line with the current permissive Freedom Camping Act, and the Bill of Rights Act.

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2 Summer 2022

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big-picture

The big picture on the proposed changes for freedom camping

The problems and the solutions do not match.

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1 Spring 2022

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controversial-bill

The controversial Nash Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill

The proposals, should they go ahead, will not achieve the outcome Nash intends and they are not workable. There is no identified benefit to any sector of the NZ leisure camping industry or to local authorities.

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1 Spring 2022

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have-your-say

Time to have your say on the “Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill”

If passed this legislation will affect ALL campers and the camping industry in New Zealand for many years to come

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1 Spring 2022

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rv-camper-services

self-containment,

Self containment, RV service, building or modifications, gas, plumbing, electrics, and more.

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1 Spring 2022

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