Human excrement allegedly deposited by freedom campers is
still fouling the southwestern shore of Lake Hawea and local
residents are again calling for action.
A delegation will meet Land Information New Zealand
management today in a renewed bid to improve the government
department's management of Crown land along the lake.
Linz administers areas such as Deep Bay and Craig Burn which
are popular with freedom campers.
In an inspection of the areas on Wednesday, Guardians of Lake
Hawea executive member John Taylor and Lake Hawea Community
Association vice-president Di Turnbull found evidence human
excrement was being left behind when freedom campers
They photographed the evidence for the meeting but noted the
amount of excrement was less than in previous years.
Last year, Mr Taylor described both areas as ''a cesspit''.
The pair believed a toilet installed by the Queenstown Lakes
District Council at Craig Burn might have been one reason for
the improvement, although it was already there last summer
when the problem was particularly bad.
Mr Taylor, who has been pushing for improvements for nine
years, said he had been advised to use his camera to capture
evidence of the problem and he now had an extensive library.
''The only problem is, no-one wants to look at it.''
As he and Ms Turnbull pushed through scrub in search of
evidence on Wednesday, they were approached by a
freedom-camping German woman, who asked if they were
''looking for something special''.
Helga Dohm, from Hanover, said she and her husband preferred
freedom camping because they regarded camper-van parks as too
crowded and noisy.
''It is nice to stay in the nature.''
They claimed their small van was self-contained, although
that is not a requirement for freedom campers using
Linz-administered land not subject to the newly introduced
Freedom Camping Act.
Ms Turnbull said she hoped today's meeting would produce a
better management plan for the Linz areas and that the
department might install a toilet at Deep Bay.
Mr Taylor said the bay was once a popular place for locals to
swim and fish but last year it was ''smelly and