Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Council Calls for Responsible Freedom Camping Ambassadors

You saw them in their high-viz vests at Whangarei’s freedom camping spots last year, and this year you could be one of them.

Whangarei District Council is again calling for applications from community-minded locals interested in becoming one of this summer’s volunteer responsible freedom camping ambassadors.

For the second year in a row, Council has secured a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment grant to implement a responsible camping programme aimed at encouraging freedom campers to play by Whangarei’s rules and giving residents greater confidence their environment and quality of life will be respected.

“As the friendly locals greeting and educating freedom campers at our district’s most popular freedom camping spots, the ambassadors are a significant part of that programme,” says Alison Geddes, WDC General Manager, Planning and Development.

“Ideal ambassador candidates are community-minded locals who enjoy chatting with tourists, have most afternoons or evenings free, and live near Whangarei’s most popular freedom camping spots.”

Following the success of last year’s pilot ambassador programme, the freedom camping sites monitored by ambassadors have this year been boosted to include four inner-city freedom camping sites at Tarewa iSite, Reyburn House Lane in the Town Basin, Cobham Oval and Bascule Bridge carparks. The Reotahi freedom camping site at Whangarei Heads has also been added to last year’s coastal sites of Ruakaka Beach Reserve, Woolleys Bay, Sandy Bay, Matapouri Bay (Wehiwehi Road), Kowharewa Bay, Tamaterau, Parua Bay and Ocean Beach.

Ambassadors will be rostered to visit sites daily in the late afternoon or evening throughout the peak camping season of Friday 13 December 2019 to Friday 21 February 2020.

“Ideally, there will be a few ambassadors attached to each site to rotate the daily tasks of greeting campers, ensuring they know the rules, recording data and reporting any problems to Council and its enforcement agency, Armourguard,” Alison Geddes says.

“Ambassadors have no enforcement responsibilities themselves, rather they educate our visitors about the standards of behaviour expected of them.”

Alison Geddes urges anyone interested in becoming an ambassador, and who lives near the Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei Heads, inner city or Ruakaka freedom camping sites, to find out more about the role or complete the ambassador application form on Council’s website.

“Successful ambassador applicants receive full training, ongoing Council support throughout the programme, and an honorarium to cover their time, petrol and mobile phone use,” Alison says.

“As we learned last year, ambassadors are integral to everyone enjoying summer in Whangarei, so we want to support them as best we can.”

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 19 October with successful candidates advised by 4pm on Friday 1 November.

To apply to become an ambassador or learn more about the role, go to Council’s website at wdc.govt.nz/FreedomCamping. Application forms are also available from Council’s Customer Service Centre at Forum North in Rust Ave, or by contacting WDC Responsible Freedom Camping Co-ordinator, Sue Halliwell, on (09) 470 3133 or Susan.Halliwell@wdc.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mediaworks: Three to be sold or closed

MediaWorks has today announced that it intends to sell MediaWorks TV as well as its Flower Street property which includes its television head office and studios.

The intention is for MediaWorks to sell the television side of the business while retaining ownership of radio and QMS. The Flower Street property will also be put up for sale with a lease back option for a buyer to continue to operate television from that location.

MediaWorks Chairman Jack Matthews said that MediaWorks is committed to continuing to grow its business in New Zealand while recognising that free-to-air television operates in a challenging environment. More>>


Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>


Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>


Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>


IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>


‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>





InfoPages News Channels