An MP who has visited Kaikoura says police should tell “malingering non-locals” to continue their travels.
NZ First’s Ron Mark says they’re accepting free food and hand-outs so they can spend their nights partying and drinking in the quake-stricken town.
“We were advised there is some frustration with non-locals and non-emergency helpers who have decided to stay in the town and are accepting the tremendous generosity of locals,” he said.
“Kiwis are know as being generous and hospitable, but this only goes so far.
“These people who are prolonging their stay and receiving free food and hand-outs should be advised to move on.”
Mr Mark wants the government to issue instructions to the police.
He didn’t say whether the people he was talking about were foreign tourists.
Civil Defence has confirmed that while all the tourists in Kaikoura who wanted to be moved out have been evacuated, some decided they wanted to stay on.
That’s what happens when you don’t declare a state of emergency. You don’t have the power to move people on. So some freeloading leeches will ride all the free food and assistance as much as they can.