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Petition to ban non - resident freedom camping withdrawn

A petition to abolish non-resident freedom camping has been withdrawn after threats of violence and destruction of property were received by the petitioner.

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Jennifer Branje who instigated the petition said she understands that freedom camping is a contentious issue and was sad that the topic could not be approached with civility.
“Kiwis are passionate people and everybody should have the opportunity to instigate change without fear of violence” she said. “The safety of myself and my family has to come first”.
“It’s hard to sleep at night when people are threatening to set up camp in your driveway, destroy your business and assault you as you go about your daily business” Jennifer said.

There were also many emails and texts of support and Jennifer is grateful for the positive feedback.
Many supporters had also responded to the Tourism Restart initiative with submissions and ideas on how freedom camping may be addressed.

Stephen England- Hall, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand has stated, “We have an opportunity to listen to communities and design the future of tourism in New Zealand so that it benefits our people and our home.”

Jennifer is hoping that community’s band together to make their voices heard during the consultation period, though she is dubious as to how effective the process will be. "When those with vested interests become the decision makers,  the fox is guarding the hen house"she says. 

Her petition had amassed almost 8 thousand signatures before it was withdrawn.

If you would like to submit feedback to the Tourism Restart initiative, you can do so here

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