More in­vest­ment in free­dom camp­ing

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Tourism Min­is­ter Kelvin Davis last week an­nounced that a fur­ther $8 mil­lion was to be made avail­able to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing a bet­ter free­dom camp­ing sys­tem, and to en­cour­age re­spon­si­ble camp­ing across the coun­try.

Fund­ing would be avail­able next summer for ed­u­ca­tion and am­bas­sador pro­grammes, en­force­ment ac­tiv­ity and the pro­vi­sion of tem­po­rary fa­cil­i­ties.

“Last summer we worked hard with lo­cal gov­ern­ment and com­mu­ni­ties to im­prove the free­dom camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one. The feed­back we’ve re­ceived from coun­cils and com­mu­ni­ties has ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions, and it’s great that we’re able to do this again,” Mr Davis said.

“We want to build on the suc­cess of last summer. This means mak­ing sure we’re tar­get­ing fund­ing and fa­cil­i­ties at the right lo­ca­tions, to min­imise any po­ten­tial im­pacts on com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.

“We know that campers want to do the right thing, and want to travel around New Zealand re­spon­si­bly. We need to sup­port them to act as guardians of Aotearoa by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and the fa­cil­i­ties they want to use.

“Our suc­cess­ful ap­proach to re­spon­si­ble camp­ing is a prime ex­am­ple of how the New Zealand-Aotearoa Gov­ern­ment Tourism Strat­egy will work in ac­tion,” he added.

“We’ve shown that by work­ing to­gether with lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the sec­tor to come up with sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to tourism is­sues, we can de­liver bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties alike.”

The fund­ing round would open on June 1.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing fund­ing cri­te­ria, go to www.mbie.govt.nz/im­mi­gra­tio­nand-tourism/tourism/tourism­pro­jects/re­spon­si­ble-camp­ing/

Free­dom camp­ing has long been an is­sue on the Karikari Penin­sula, par­tic­u­larly at Tok­erau Beach.

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