Ban the freeloaders

LETTER

I cannot for the life of me work out why we are subjected to “freeloaders” hanging their washing along our beautiful city river park, washing their dirty dishes and their teeth in the sinks of the toilets.

These campers are supposed to be self-contained, I understood — to be able to park up and freeload . . . .

The carpark at Makorori is full most mornings, so the people who live here are not able to utilise the assets we have created for the benefit of us all. I have heard of locals following the freeloaders into town and reappropriating them with their left-behind rubbish, left stacked around the bins because it didn’t fit.

These visitors are not contributing to our community, they are bludging their way around New Zealand.

I know from personal experience this is not allowed to happen in their countries . . . maybe on some remote beaches in South America, but you would do that at your own risk. Good luck!

As ratepayers we are the proud owners of a fantastic campground here on Gisborne’s beachfront. There’s another stunning campground at Tatapouri, once again beachfront, and under-utilised.

And here is our council saying to these freeloaders: “Come to Tairawhiti, but your money is better kept in your pockets — we do not need your money to help us with the cost of cleaning up and organising you all.” (Although apparently they do all go to the musuem, according to our Mayor.)

This shameful practice needs to be stopped. The rest of New Zealand is pressurring their councils to put a stop to it, let’s get our council on board too and ban the freeloaders.

Darryn Clyne

I cannot for the life of me work out why we are subjected to “freeloaders” hanging their washing along our beautiful city river park, washing their dirty dishes and their teeth in the sinks of the toilets.

These campers are supposed to be self-contained, I understood — to be able to park up and freeload . . . .

The carpark at Makorori is full most mornings, so the people who live here are not able to utilise the assets we have created for the benefit of us all. I have heard of locals following the freeloaders into town and reappropriating them with their left-behind rubbish, left stacked around the bins because it didn’t fit.

These visitors are not contributing to our community, they are bludging their way around New Zealand.

I know from personal experience this is not allowed to happen in their countries . . . maybe on some remote beaches in South America, but you would do that at your own risk. Good luck!

As ratepayers we are the proud owners of a fantastic campground here on Gisborne’s beachfront. There’s another stunning campground at Tatapouri, once again beachfront, and under-utilised.

And here is our council saying to these freeloaders: “Come to Tairawhiti, but your money is better kept in your pockets — we do not need your money to help us with the cost of cleaning up and organising you all.” (Although apparently they do all go to the musuem, according to our Mayor.)

This shameful practice needs to be stopped. The rest of New Zealand is pressurring their councils to put a stop to it, let’s get our council on board too and ban the freeloaders.

Darryn Clyne

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BLG - 6 months ago
Re Ban the freeloaders. I for one welcome the freedom campers to our area and have no qualms in some of my rates being spent on providing limited services and areas to them. As one of the many NZers who spent their OE travelling around Europe and other continents on the smell of an oily rag, sleeping in the cheapest place possible, I totally understand that when you're young and are trying to see as much of the world as you can with a limited budget, spending $40 a night for an unpowered site every night is a lot of money. Most of them will probably work in this country while they are here, they will pay taxes, they will buy goods and services here and will probably leave with very little money having spent most of it here. Sure some of them abuse the system, just as NZers do both here and overseas, but the vast majority are respectful and thankful for the hospitality they receive in NZ. Some day my children will probably do the same and they will hopefully come out as better humans for the life experience.

Kevin Thompson - 6 months ago
Freedom campers are not freeloaders, they are just making use of the facilities that are there, and I would suggest that our locals are far worse at dropping rubbish "out the window" all over town. Just cruise through any of the beach or viewing-site carparks to see it happening in front of you. The tight-pursed locals must realise that when any of us travel out of town, we do not have to pay - as they suggest - but enjoy the privilege of the freedom to stop at will at the sites provided.
I would compare the contribution to any freedom camping facilities to the contribution the council makes to the many other facilities provided around town, like contributions to cultural, sporting and the arts organisations, things that I and many other citizens would never make use of, things that are often for the sole use of a narrow section of the community - yet we accept this without complaint. So stop your whinging and realise how lucky you are.

RobinMc - 6 months ago
All those free waves that get surfed - maybe that needs to be charged for, to put the infrastructure in for the surfers who use them . . . like their carpark. There was a time surfers were the freeloaders. Oh how times have changed. Now it's the camping tourist.

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