Northland mayor hates visitors and local Iwi just want cash

You can’t really believe some people. In Northland some local inbreds, including the mayor, have had a fit over a webcam that was in place for just one week at Shipwreck Bay.

It seems they don’t want visitors and local iwi are pissed off because they didn’t get paid.

The property owner who allowed a webcam to be installed at his holiday homes to broadcast a popular surfing spot, says he has received threats and didn’t expect it would cause such an uproar among locals.

Sports website Surf2Surf recently broadcasted live footage from Ahipara’s Shipwreck Bay for its subscribers.

The website owners approached the owner of three apartments which face the water in March, asking to install the webcam on his property. They offered him a free wireless connection in exchange.

But territorial local surfers not wanting to share the waves with out-of-towners allegedly used black spray paint to cover the lens of the camera and threatened the property owner.

Surf2surf director says he also received a threat, over Facebook, and has complained to police about it, as well as complaining about the vandalism of the camera.

The owner spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity, out of fear of retribution.

Nice people up north; you could even call them feral. You’d think the local mayor would welcome visitors…but nope…

Northland mayor John Carter blamed the webcam for the influx of visitors coming to the area.

“Visitors, as a consequence of the webcam, are leaving waste behind, including human waste.”

He said Surf2Surf installing the webcam without communicating and discussing with the locals was “disrespectful”.

The area had a lack of infrastructure to cope with the influx of people coming to the town.

Mr Carter was now urging Surf2Surf director Paul Brunskill to “come and front up to the locals”, even if the webcam was being taken down.

Who does John Carter think he is…some sort of Boss Hogg type character? What sort of mayor doesn’t want visitors?

He said access to Shipwreck Bay was through private property, owned by the local iwi, who weren’t happy the company was getting financial gain by broadcasting the beach.

Someone forgot to pay the taniwha tax.

Surf2Surf director Paul Brunskill told the Herald, the webcam was only broadcasting to subscribers for a week last month.

While he didn’t personally know the “small group” who vandalised the camera, he claimed he knew they were local surfers.

Mr Brunskill said he was in the process of “polling users” to see if their subscribers would still be interested in broadcasting surfing conditions in Shipwreck’s Bay.

If there was a strong response, the website would consult the local mayor about installing a webcam in the area.

However if locals and iwi in the area weren’t happy with it, he would abandon the idea.

Yeah, fuck ’em. There are plenty more places that would love a bit of tourist traffic. But honestly, how inbred and isolationist.

Next time John Carter is whining about lack of investment in the Far North you can point him at this episode and wonder no more. Who on earth could be bothered with attitudes like that?


– NZ Herald

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