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


Camping at Lake Dunstan still free this summer

25 September 2019

Camping at Lake Dunstan still free this summer

Camping at Lake Dunstan sites will still be free this summer, but users may have to pay in the future.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) was exploring introducing a fee for camping at its four popular lakefront sites in the area, which last season had approximately 34,000 vehicles pass through.

Currently LINZ covers the cost of managing and maintaining the sites, with funding support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) secured by the Central Otago District Council (CODC). This season the CODC received $377,000 to install vehicle counters, temporary toilet facilities to cope with increased demand, servicing and maintenance, and an education and monitoring programme.

LINZ Deputy Chief Executive Jerome Sheppard says LINZ has been in discussions with the CODC about charging to offset the significant cost associated with providing these services.

“LINZ works closely with the council to encourage responsible camping in the district. Given some concerns from the council about an overflow of campers to other areas, we’ve decided to continue with the same approach we took last year.

“We will again have people on the ground raising awareness about responsible camping, and monitoring, to ensure an enjoyable experience for campers and the community.”

Mr Sheppard says this approach worked really well last season, with only five complaints logged compared with approximately 250 the previous season.

However, he says charging is not off the cards altogether.

“We’re keen to continue exploring introducing a fee at our sites. We have really appreciated the support from the council and MBIE but this funding isn’t sustainable long-term.”

CODC chief adviser Dr Saskia Righarts says the council is currently developing a responsible camping strategy to be in place next summer.

“We will thoroughly consider all options to ensure responsible camping is sustainable for the environment, community and campers,” says Dr Righarts.

“We’ve already started gathering information, including conducting an online survey to get a better idea of demand from seasonal workers, to help inform this strategy.

“We will also be consulting the public to get its input on the strategy and look forward to working with the community, LINZ and other stakeholders to help encourage responsible camping in the region.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Statement: Deadly Eruption Of Whakaari / White Island

At this stage, we can confirm that amongst those currently listed as missing or injured are New Zealanders who were part of the tour operation, and tourists from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. That is to the best of our knowledge.

To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief at this moment in time, and in your sorrow. Your loved ones stood alongside kiwis who were hosting you here. We grieve with you, and we grieve with them... More>>

Police Update: Plan To Recover Bodies
"I can now confirm that we are finalising a plan to recover the bodies from Whakaari / White Island tomorrow morning. Families will be briefed on the operation at 4.30pm and Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement will speak with media in Whakatane." More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Eruption And Tourism Safety
Adventure tourism is a central theme in New Zealand tourism, and by definition, adventure always includes a certain level of risk. That said, New Zealand itself is also at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors – rather than safety factors – are routinely allowed to determine the point where the boundary line of acceptable risk is being drawn. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Vs Infrastructure Spending

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail – that by definition, will take a very long time to deliver their stimulatory benefits ... More>>

New Reports: "Immediate Commitment To Doing Justice Differently"

Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and Te Tangi o te Manawanui: Recommendations for Reform from the Chief Victims Advisor. Both recommend a fresh approach to the way criminal justice has been approached... More>>


Law Foundation: Government Decryption Powers Must Respect Privacy

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More>>

Latest 'Discussion Doc': National On Healthcare

National has today released our eighth Discussion Document which focusses on health and outlines a range of policies which will enable more Kiwis to access high-quality healthcare, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


Select Committee Report: Combatting Foreign Election Interference

MPs have finally delivered their recommendations to combat foreign interference in elections in a long awaited and much delayed report. More>>

Mosque Attacks: Names Of Arresting Officers Released

Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More>>

Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>






InfoPages News Channels