Green Taliban thinks laws are optional as long as it is for a good cause


As we’ve seen with the Sea Shepherd and Lucy Lawless’ hi-jinx, and Green Taliban defacing election signage, if you believe your ideas are righteous enough, then laws can be broken.  But the community at large is over it.

Preparations for a youth demonstration in Nelson tomorrow which involved chalk messages around city streets and the Church Steps are to be removed by city council contractors after complaints by the public.  

A large group of young Nelsonians is expected to take over several parking spaces on Trafalgar St tomorrow to demonstrate that local and national solutions to climate change exist.

The event is part a week-long, nationwide launch of the “100% Possible” campaign which aims to spread the message that moving New Zealand beyond fossil fuels is 100 per cent achievable. The event is being coordinated by climate change groups 350 Aotearoa and Generation Zero.

Generation Zero Nelson coordinator Rachel Ward said the messages, including a large “100%” on the Church Steps were temporarily written in chalk, which washed off with water.

Ms Ward said the group organising the demonstration did not seek permission to write the messages as writing in chalk was thought to be a permitted activity.

That’s right, drawing chalk all over public property is legal because it washes off with water.  The fact Nelson hasn’t seen decent rain for months and is close to drought conditions is just a convenient aside.

And of course, painting on public property is legal because it washes off with turps.

City council network services executive manager Alec Louverdis said the council had started receiving complaints soon after the messages began appearing today, particularly in relation to the sign on the Church Steps which people thought had been done in paint.

“We have asked our contractors to remove the messages and we will be looking at recovering costs from the people who put them there.”

Mr Louverdis said he had not been aware of what the messages related to, but that did not change the fact they had to be removed. He said the writing constituted graffiti.

Public is upset.  Public will have to pay public money to get it all cleaned up.

But that’s OK you know, because it’s all for a good cause.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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