Glen Wallace received a $200 freedom camping fine last month after sleeping in his vehicle in central Queenstown after a night out drinking with friends. After a huge response on social media and in private messages after the Otago Daily Times covered his story, the Arrowtown web designer has launched a four-week fundraising campaign to pay the fines of others hit with freedom camping fines. He had created a Givealittle page to accept donations and a Facebook page as a point of contact for people keen to be reimbursed for their freedom camping fines. "Whatever funds we raise will go back to the people who have had freedom camping fines in the past six months, so long as they can prove they're a ratepayer or provide proof of address.'' "You can't sleep within 200m of a road - for more than 40 minutes - because it's classed as freedom camping.
Source: Otago Daily Times April 17, 2019 16:30 UTC