Jeffrey Whittingham step on up! You’re our Cry Baby of the Week

via Stuff

For seven years, Jeffrey Whittingham has made an old bus at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park his home.

It’s the life he chose. It’s affordable and mostly sustainable. Everything but for a television runs on solar power and he has a raised vegetable garden outside.

But on Tuesday, Whittingham has to leave. He has been evicted from the holiday park and threatened with a trespass notice if he doesn’t comply.

Do we get to know why the park has decided to end this relationship?  

The 51-year-old sickness beneficiary claims he has been unfairly targeted and “bullied” by holiday park management.

Holiday park manager Marcel Fekkes​ says Whittingham has a “disregard for safety” and that comes at a price.

The issue boils down to electrical compliance.

The holiday park conducted an electrical audit of long-term residents in February to check that they were complying with the latest regulations.

This came after a motorhome caught fire because of an electrical fault.

Whittingham was told that his bus was non-compliant and, on April 11, his power was pulled.

He said he was notified of this with a sticky note left on his bus.

He contacted an electrician who told him that his current power set-up would be fine until it was made compliant, which wouldn’t be for several weeks.

In the meantime, Whittingham plugged his power back in.

Not compliant.  But risks burning down his own bus and others.


His bus has met compliance since, but the park still insists he goes.

Whittingham said he has always been a “happy-go-lucky” person.

“All of a sudden I just felt like I had nothing, I’m not worth anything and depression was starting to set in. Everybody could see it in me because it’s not who I am.”

He has been to lawyers, the office of Nelson MP Nick Smith and Consumer Protection, but no one has offered any help.

“I didn’t have a leg to stand on. My rights have just been taken off me.”

His rights.


– Stuff

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