Opinion Analysis

Freedom camping review a case of form over substance

Paul McBeth
Fri, 09 Apr 2021

Process is at the heart of the motorhome lobby's court case against freedom camping rules. (Credit: Deposit Photos).
Paul McBeth
Fri, 09 Apr 2021
The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s (NZMCA) court actions against councils over freedom camping restrictions is very much a case of form over substance.In the legal world, this means the councils may have been within the law, but the way they went about might have been unlawful.The 2011 legislation was introduced to give local authorities a wider toolset to rein in unfettered campervans the authorities feared would be lining the nation’s streets during the Rugby World Cup. Freedom camping had already been identified by the D...

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