Jacinda Ardern under pressure to bring in more control measures as calls grow for stricter toilet laws

Responsible Campers Association Inc are leading the calls for tighter measures around going to the toilet in public

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Jacinda Ardern is under pressure to bring in more control measures after calls to change New Zealand’s toilet laws.

The current law says you are allowed to poo In public, as long as you believe you are not being watched.

People who are unable to provide a reasonable explanation for thinking they were not being watched could face a fine of up to $200 (£103).

Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern
The current law says you are allowed to poo In public, as long as you believe you are not being watched
The current law says you are allowed to poo In public, as long as you believe you are not being watched

But a camper’s association, Responsible Campers Association Inc (RCAI) has led calls for those measures to be made stricter.

RCAI spokesperson Bob Osborne, said the association wants the law to be changed so that people must poo at least 50 metres away from waterways.

While they have also called for people to bury their faeces at least 15cm below the ground.

Mr Osborne said: “The thing that seems to offend most people now is seeing that visual aftermath of someone having done it.”

“If people bury their waste you actually eliminate that problem,” he told The Project.

While Ms Ardern also joined in on the debate, adding: “There is no intention to change what I consider to be basic hygiene standards.

“I can promise you there will not be people defecating in the streets.”