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What's happening in your community?  If you know of any Freedom Camping issues - we want to hear about them! 

Here is your opportunity to contribute to the discussion and express your views.

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a need for increased standards for self-containment

The good news is that we have standards for self-containment.  Watch out for fake stickers like the below photo found on a van.  Steve Hart's team were too smart for this bloke!  Fake stickers were being sold on TradeMe, but this has since been shut down.  Thanks to NZMCA for their support with this.  Anyone with a colour printer can make a label look like the real deal, but it won't stop them being ticketed if they can't produce the paperwork.

Yes, there is certainly room for improvement in the National Standards for Self-Containment.  Councils are finding they are unable to ticket a campervan which has been legitimately certified, but still has its toilet unused and in an unopened box.  This is one example of a huge loop-hole in the system.

Some councils like Waikato District Council have put into their Bylaw definitions that the campervan's toilet has to be connected. Other councils have been opposed in trying to make this change because they are (apparently) certified 'self-contained' vehicles that simply cannot permanently configure a toilet in place due to their design.  Thames-Coromandel District Council worked alongside NZMCA on this issue as well as several other points to achieve a solution that suited both parties.

David Hammond, Hammond Robertson Ltd

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 Freedom Camping | Fake Stickers

Freedom Camping | Fake Stickers


great relationships - great results 

In 2016 Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) and New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding as part of a joint campaign in raising the standards of Freedom Camping in the District.

Since the MoU was signed, infringements issued over the summer months declined considerably from the previous year.  TCDC consider this "an extremely positive result".

This is an example of a great success story.  It underlines the importance of councils engaging with, and fostering on-going relationships with their local tourism agencies and businesses. Working together can achieve great results!

David Hammond, Hammond Robertson Ltd

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advertising standards and wicked campers

Looking at this photo it seems likely Coca-Cola could well have a legal crack at Wicked as well.  We'd love to see how deep their pockets are then!

Hammond Robertson Ltd is watching with great interest the impact that New Zealand is making on advertising standards with Wicked Campers.  From our work in Australia we know that issues with Wicked are common in both countries. 

If you are going to make a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), make sure you photograph at least three panels of the van.  It is our understanding that the ASA needs at least three panels in order to determine that the weight of advertising is offensive.  Don't misjudge this Wicked company owner as being a cool Aussie hipster getting dumped on unfairly.  This man is an embarrassment to many Australians I know, and I find his silence as being utter arrogance. 

David Hammond, Hammond Robertson Ltd

 Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers