Hope Paula Bennett is proud as vigilantes damage private property


Really.  A minister of the crown should not be creating the conditions for the public to feel confident enough to harass tourists and damage their hired vehicles.  It’s shameful.

First it was the classification office and now it appears a West Coast vigilante has taken exception to Wicked Campers controversial slogans.

Robin Sandford runs the Riverside Holiday Park in Murchison and says in the last couple of days four of the company’s vans have arrived at his park after travelling up the West Coast and have had their vans spray painted.

“It almost looked professionally done. It wasn’t a kid who did this. It wasn’t just fast. It just hit where the bad words were considered offensive. You can still look at it, and see what they meant as an adult. As a child you know, I think, that’s what they’re trying to stop,” he says.

Mr Sandford says the van’s drivers were all worried about what Wicked Campers would say when they returned the vehicles.

I’ve seen vans with Duct tape over the offensive words to avoid being harassed by the public or to have uncomfortable confrontations with holiday park owners and visitors.

A proper society would have discussed this and then introduced legislation.  Instead, we had ministers (no less!) fire up the media and the public, and it’s turned into a pitchfork and torches scenario.

If this happened in another country, I would mock it.   Now, I’m just ashamed.


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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.

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