Free­dom camp­ing banned

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Free­dom camp­ing will be banned through­out most of Akaroa this sum­mer. Only 18 self­con­tained campers with toi­lets on board will be able to stay at any one time in a des­ig­nated area in the vil­lage. They can stay for up to two nights in any 30-day pe­riod. The Christchurch City Coun­cil agreed to put the ban in place at its meet­ing yes­ter­day, after re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from the pub­lic about the be­hav­iour of free­dom campers last sum­mer. Eigh­teen car parks will be made avail­able to self-con­tained campers in the Akaroa Boat Park, near the Akaroa Cro­quet Club. The new rules will come into force on December 1. Christchurch deputy mayor An­drew Turner said the new rules would be en­forced seven days a week and at times when campers were sleep­ing.

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