Proposed Amendments to the

Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015

Hearings Panel

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Tuesday 27 September 2016

Time:                                    10.04am

Venue:                                 Little River Service Centre





Councillor Andrew Turner (Chairperson)

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Commissioner Janette Dovey



27 September 2016






Samantha Kelly

Committee and Hearings Advisor

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Hearings Panel

27 September 2016



The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies


There were no apologies.

2.   Election of Chairperson


Committee Resolved BLHP/2016/00008

It was decided that Councillor Andrew Turner be appointed Chairperson of the Hearings Panel.

Councillor Scandrett/Commissioner Dovey                                                                                                      Carried


3.   Proposed Amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 - Submissions Analysis


Staff Recommendation

That the Hearings Panel:

1.         Receive the information in the staff report.




4.   Hearing of Submissions

The Hearings Panel received oral presentations on the Proposed Amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 from the following submitters:

·         Marcus Puentener

·         Jan Cook on behalf of the Akaroa Civic Trust

·         Jan Cook (personal submission)

·         Julian Bell and others on behalf of Pirates Limited

·         Suky Thompson on behalf of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust

·         R G Russell on behalf of the Akaroa Holiday Park

·         Dale Wear on behalf of Ian Luxford

·         Dale Wear on behalf of the Orton Bradley Park Board

·         Jeff Hamilton

The Hearings Panel adjourned until 1pm, Wednesday 28 September 2016, at the Christchurch City Council Civic Offices, Committee Room 1.

The Hearings Panel reconvened at 1.03pm, Wednesday 28 September 2016.

·         Pam Richardson on behalf of the Akaroa/Wairewa Community Board

·         Duncan Henry

·         Graham Robinson


5.   Hearings Panel Consideration and Deliberation

The Hearings Panel considered and deliberated on all submissions received on the Proposed Amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 and resolved the following:


Committee Resolved BLHP/2016/00009

That the Hearings Panel recommend that the Council:

1.              Adopt the Proposed Amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 as attached, to come into effect on 1 December 2016, including the following further amendment:

a.              That the orange (restricted) areas at French Farm and Wainui become red (prohibited) areas and the combined red (prohibited) areas at French Farm and Wainui extend to cover both sides of the road, on the basis that these additional prohibitions are needed to better protect the health and safety of people who visit those areas.

2.              Note that it is satisfied that the form of the bylaw with the amendments as proposed meets the requirements of section 11 of the Freedom Camping Act 2011.

3.              To otherwise authorise staff to make any typographical changes, amend the layout or formatting of the maps or correct minor errors as the case maybe.

4.              Recommends that the following issues be considered for inclusion in the full review  of the Freedom Camping Bylaw in 2017:

a.              The appropriateness of limitations to the number of nights and numbers of vehicles, particularly in the rural and coastal areas taking into the account the significant landscape values of Banks Peninsula

b.             The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc’s submission advocating the adoption of the proposed change to the self-containment standard NZS 5465:2001

c.              The availability of sufficient dump stations

d.             The appropriateness of self-contained freedom camping within the Akaroa Historic Area.

e.             The appropriateness of self-contained freedom camping within Stanbury Park, as per the Akaroa/Wairewa Community Board submission.

f.               The Akaroa Wairewa Community Board’s submission regarding the Akaroa car park

5.              Immediately consider the viability of the toilet facilities and other related infrastructure on Banks Peninsula and put in place an appropriate level of monitoring over the summer period.

Councillor Turner/Councillor Scandrett                                                                                                              Carried





Meeting concluded at 3.30pm.