The other day we called the chuggers from Coromandel highway robbers and it turns out we were right…and the media has picked up on our call.
A small-town group’s roadside fundraising methods have been labelled “aggressive” by authorities, with commentators even calling the stint highway robbery.
Coromandel group KoputauakiÂ CombinedÂ CommunityÂ Centre carried out illegal fundraising after they stopped cars on an open road and asked for gold coin donations.
People from the centre set up traffic cones on a 100km/h stretch of Colville Rd, north of Coromandel town, over the weekend and reportedly asked motorists to donate a gold coin before they were allowed through to continue their journey.
Thames Coromandel District Council said the activities breached a council bylaw, and that council had spoken to its lawyers about the breach.
Council’s Thames area manager, Greg Hampton, said the centre did not apply for a permit for the fundraising, so had breached a bylaw. A permit is required under the Public Places Bylaw, and the group also should have submitted a traffic management plan, Hampton said.
Hampton could not confirm whether council was considering legal action.
“We haven’t really discussed that yet, and we haven’t had an official complaint.”
Controversial blogger Cameron Slater weighed in on the debate, stating on his Whale Oil blog that the activities were “highway robbery”.
“Imagine this sort of carry-on popping up all over the place?Â This needs to be stamped out, and stamped out hard.”