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Preparing for responsible freedom camping in Kapiti, with ambassadors

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Local ambassadors will spend the summer spreading the word about how to responsibly freedom camp in Kāpiti, and promote the district’s attractions with visitors as they do so.

Kāpiti Coast District Council has received $137,600 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Responsible Camping Fund for an Ambassador Programme to monitor and encourage our campers to be responsible across our district over summer.

The funding will also provide for additional servicing of toilet and waste management facilities.

Kāpiti Coast District Council Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says with summer approaching we can expect to see more Kiwi holidaymakers visiting the district, including those wanting to freedom camp. Ambassadors will be on the ground during the peak season until after Easter.

“This summer our ambassadors will be out and about helping to educate those who choose to freedom camp in Kāpiti do so responsibly, and also sharing their local knowledge so visitors can get the most out of our awesome district,” Ms Muir says.

“We’re finalising ambassador recruitment now but we’ve got some fantastic people lined up for this work – they’re local, full of energy and spirit and will play an important role in our communities this summer.”

Ms Muir says research conducted last summer showed most of those freedom camping in Kāpiti were from overseas.

“Obviously we will be seeing a more domestic group of visitors this summer, and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests to Kāpiti and sharing our knowledge and tikanga with them.

“Freedom camping is part of the Kiwi tourism package and managed through the Freedom Camping Act. Our Kāpiti Freedom Camping policy acts as a guideline that outlines where campers should stay and for how long, what types of vehicles are required – they must be self-contained – and our behaviour expectations.”

Ms Muir says the ambassadors will also be chatting with campers about their experiences, intentions, interests and budgets.

“We’re building a picture of freedom camping in Kāpiti to help inform any future decisions we make and conversations with central government,” Ms Muir says.

Visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/freedomcamping for more information.

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