Last month the Government introduced the Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill to Parliament. This proposed legislation aims to ensure sustainability and consideration for communities with respect to those staying overnight on council-managed land. The closing date for submissions is 13 October 2022.

The Bill proposes the following measures

  • A national requirement for freedom campers staying in a vehicle on land managed by a local authority to use a certified contained vehicle, unless staying at a site designated by the local authority as suitable for freedom camping in motor vehicles that are not self-contained.
  • A regulatory system for certifying self-contained vehicles, with the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board providing regulatory oversight. ​
  • A requirement for self-contained vehicles to have a fixed toilet.
  • Strengthening the infringement regime and extending it to other Crown land (NZTA or Waka Kotahi as well as LINZ).

Have your say 

You can find out more or make a submission on Parliament's website. Submissions close on 13 October 2022