The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association is taking Westland
District Council to court in a bid to quash its "overly
restrictive" freedom camping bylaw.
The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) will
tomorrow file papers with the High Court at Greymouth as it
begins a legal battle against the council's bylaw.
General manager Bruce Lochore said the council's bylaw was
"overly restrictive" and in breach of the Freedom Camping
The Freedom Camping Act, introduced in August 2011, allows
councils to make bylaws which means it can issue a fine to
freedom campers parking in restricted public areas.
But Mr Lochore said the Westland District Council's bylaw
effectively prohibited freedom camping on all public land and
roads within 1km of the boundary of all townships and
"In doing so they have ignored their obligations to
adequately assess any perceived issues and consider
alternative measures which may be appropriate and
proportionate to the issue," he said.
In late November last year the council enacted its bylaw.
On the council's website, it states that: "a person must not
freedom camp in any local authority areas within any no
freedom camping zone...without the prior written consent of
The no freedom camping zone covers all council public
reserves and all public land and roads within 1km of the
boundary of all townships and settlements.