Public wifi and freedom camping spots closed, but safer options in place

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management is praising the overall behaviour of residents and businesses as the region settles into Alert Level 4, noting that the majority seem to be taking the situation seriously and sticking to the guidelines.

To help support people to stay at home, stay away from others and stay safe, Taranaki Civil Defence has worked with the region’s councils to reduce the risks of people congregating in public places, offering alternative options for those in need.

Freedom Campers advised to move to more permanent accommodation

New Plymouth and South Taranaki district councils have moved to close the region's freedom camping hotspots, with all campers advised to head to more permanent and safer accommodation.

Carparks to close include Centennial Drive/Back Beach, Kawaroa, the carpark near the Wind Wand, Molesworth Street carpark opposite Liardet Street, Oakura beach front, Corbett Park, East End, Fitzroy, Battiscome Terrace, Lake Rotomanu, Audrey Gale reserve, Buller Street, Rogan Street, Pukekura Park and Ahu Ahu Road.

Freedom campers are being directed to New Plymouth’s Belt Road Holiday Park or Hawera Holiday Park, where the necessary facilities and hygiene precautions are in place to protect both campers and the local community.

Public wifi networks turned off – alternate options in place

Public wifi networks provided through the region’s libraries have been switched off to help minimize the risk of people congregating at central points.

To help meet the needs of those in the community who do not have access to the Internet, a new service provided via Skinny Jump (Spark) whereby community members without an Internet connection can call library staff who can assist them to set up an email address, register with Skinny Jump and receive a modem and Internet connection at home.

To take up this offer, people are advised to call New Plymouth District Council Libraries on 027 646 4745, between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week. Those in Stratford should call 06 765 6099, while in South Taranaki District the number is 0800 111 323.

Remember to stay home, stay away from others, and stay safe.