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Freedom campers to be left alone
By JARED NICOLL
People making lifestyle choices to
sleep in their vehicles along the
town belt are being left alone by
authorities, but the council says
the goodwill will vanish if they
abuse the privilege.
The issue has come to light
after a south Wellington com-
munity patrol recently reported a
number of vehicles with covered
windows and sleeping occupants
parked overnight in carparks
along Alexandra Rd, Mt Victoria.
Patrollers are instructed to
report the vehicle s licence plates
to the police communications cen-
tre and are not expected to
approach the sleeping occupants.
Newtown community constable
Dean Adams said there was no
need to move them along, unless
the vehicles were parked in places
threatening public safety.
Unless the welfare of the occu-
pant or the local residents was
compromised police would leave
them alone, Mr Adams said.
You come across cars where
the windows are steamed up. At
times it s someone sleeping over-
night; other times they might just
be up to a bit of hanky-panky.
They ll put newspapers in the
windows to stop light coming in
and definitely in that case it s a
lifestyle choice for that person, he
People who sleep in their cars or
vans had the option of having
somewhere safer to stay, such as
in a council flat or at a night shel-
ter.There was no real reason for
someone not to live in a house
unless they chose not to and, on
rare occasions, the police had
asked them to move elsewhere
and issued the occupant a fine, Mr
There may be a time when the
council might ask us to help them
to enforce the [public places]
bylaw and we would become
involved at that point.
Under Wellington City Council
public places bylaws nobody is
allowed to camp on the town belt,
whether in a vehicle or not, unless
granted special permission to do
so for educational purposes.
But council spokesman Richard
MacLean said the bylaw was a
backup option that would be used
only if too many people abused the
council s leniency or waste dis-
posal had become an issue.
If Mt Victoria starts to become
a popular camping spot then we
will step in, said Mr MacLean.
From time to time we get calls
about certain cases but there s
been no problems in recent mem-
Environment Minister Nick
Smith recently announced a Free-
dom Camping Bill that would con-
solidate regional bylaws and give
authorities the power to issue a
$200 fine to miscreants.
The new law is likely to be
enacted before an expected
increase in campers during the
Rugby World Cup.
Civil defence team
have more than
doubled in number.
On Wednesday, 53
from the Wellington
ment Office induction
programme, taking the
total to 130 volunteers.
Two more groups of
volunteers are due to
within the next few
Fred Mecoy said he
hoped to establish a
base of 800 to 1000
trained volunteers in
Wellington within four
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