Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - San­dra Fletcher


I do be­lieve there is a duty for us all to pro­tect, en­hance and trea­sure what we have. A Reid Free­dom camp­ing The TDC Pro­posal for Free­dom Camp­ing in Taupo in­cludes 15 sep­a­rate sites in the Ur­ban Town.

The sites are strips of ex­ist­ing car park­ing spa­ces and re­serve ar­eas, in and around our com­mu­nity. Campers can legally stay 3 days/nights con­sec­u­tively.

Some FC show the re­spect and ex­pec­ta­tions for this priv­i­lege. Some FC have con­sis­tently shown a dis­turb­ing range of ac­tiv­i­ties and be­hav­iour, in full view. Given more park­ing ar­eas, more day/ night com­bi­na­tions, more pub­lic toi­lets etc may en­cour­age un­think­able, yet un­no­ticed be­hav­iour that re­quires ex­ten­sive mon­i­tor­ing, re­pair­ing, polic­ing, clean­ing..

The AC Baths carpark could site 10-15 camper­vans, ad­ja­cent to Tauhara Rd, di­rectly next to the Events Cen­tre Sta­dium en­trance. Lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors us­ing the sport’s fa­cil­i­ties, when en­ter­ing/ex­it­ing the com­plex, could be ex­posed to undig­ni­fied be­hav­iour from some FC.

Some FC will no doubt use the toi­lets on the en­trance level, as there is noth­ing to stop this hap­pen­ing. Wash­ing of clothes, the en­tire body, teeth, cook­ing uten­sils etc have been com­mon in pub­lic toi­lets all over NZ. This can only be very in­tru­sive, es­pe­cially when Re­gional and Na­tional events are tak­ing place.

The Taupo Com­mu­nity Park [ Horo­matangi St ] has been tar­geted as a ‘handy’ place for up to 30 camper­vans. Chil­dren, youths and adults use the area for a va­ri­ety of games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The same may oc­cur with the Kaimanawa Re­serve/Kaimanawa St park­ing strip, where pos­si­bly 30 ve­hi­cles could camp. Un­sightly, pos­si­bly very un­safe and in­tru­sive for other users of the Re­serve.

The 12 other sug­gested sites are in­ap­pro­pri­ate in an Ur­ban set­ting, for the same rea­sons.

The so­lu­tion is sim­ple. TDC fol­lows the na­tional trend for most Dis­trict Coun­cils. Pro­vide Free­dom Camp­ing out­side Ur­ban Ar­eas.

Queen­stown, Wanaka, Hawea, Ro­torua, Marl­bor­ough etc have adopted th­ese changes, and re­main very at­trac­tive tourist des­ti­na­tions.

An ex­am­ple for Taupo Re­gion; Whakaipo Bay DOC Camp site caters for a large num­ber of FC. Ex­cel­lent sig­nage and mon­i­tor­ing pro­vides a ‘good vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence’! ‘‘Out­stand­ing re­sult Hanna. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the proud Coach too.’’ Com­ment on Face­book/Taupo Times story about the suc­cess of young golfer Hanna Kilmis­ter.

Camper­van con­ver­sa­tions.

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