A man living in his car in Napier because of a Hawke's Bay housing crisis is getting freedom camping tickets as he sleeps.

Jays Boyd has been spending the night in his car for the past six months and has been forced to park in places where he might be fined because he feels they're the only safe place to sleep.

On Tuesday night he parked in the Ocean Spa carpark. When he woke up he found he had a $200 fine, his ninth in four months.

"I know now it wasn't the best idea but I really had no

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