Shane wins the latest iPad for this exceptionally silly prosecution of oldies in Kapiti.
This is a second nomination for Kapiti, after they got nominated for their exceptionally silly electric green rubbish truck. As we pointed out then the former mayor Jenny Rowan got the arse at the last election so maybe things are on the improve.
I would like to nominate the Kapiti Coast District Council for New Zealand’s Silliest Local Body Spending Competition.
The council laid charges against Peter and Diana Standen, 77 and 74,Â Keith and Lorraine McLeavey, 72 and 68, and a local business last year for modifying naturally occurring native trees on their properties.
From memory, Peter and Diana were relatively new to the area last year when they contracted Monkeyman Tree Services to trim or remove 6 diseased and rotted trees at the bottom of their property.Â They were concerned the trees posed a hazard so called in an expert to take care of the problem.
Shortly after, the council turned up at 9am with uniformed police to investigate the matter.Â The police left (somewhat embarrassed, I think) after establishing the septuagenarians were not going to pose a threat.
The council pursued prosecutions against the couple until an Environment Court judge dismissed the charges against the Mcleaveys as “trivial offending”. Â Read more »