Someone needs a good hard look at himself in the mirror

Everyone knows you don’t wash trucks

This may be a hand in your man card offence.

Washing vehicles in streams has been slammed by the Otago Regional Council but the Dunedin man who sparked the criticism has vowed to continue with the controversial cleaning method.

Callum Fissenden, of Dunedin, got his Nissan Terrano muddy at the Brass Monkey Rally earlier this month and planned to wash it by driving through a ford in East Taieri ”at least a dozen times”.

His plans were blocked by another ute submerged in the Silver Stream, in Gladfield Rd.

The Otago Daily Times coverage of the postponed clean prompted the council to respond.

Council director policy planning and resource management Fraser McRae said cleaning vehicles in waterways was not permitted under the Otago water plan.

The cleaning method could disturb the bed of a river and disrupt and pollute spawning grounds for native and exotic fish, and potentially harm water quality.

”We wouldn’t accept this from farmers, so we urge others not to wash their vehicles in rivers and streams either.”

A commercial car wash would cost less than the fine for breaching the plan, he said.

Despite the warning. Mr Fissenden vowed continue to wash his 4WD in the ford.

”It’s an absolute laugh. I’m driving through a public road, which I’m allowed to do.”

He did not expect the cleaning method to damage the river bed.

”I’m not driving up and down the river, I’m driving through the bloody ford.

”I think at the end of the day, some of these greenies need to wake up and get their heads out of the ground.”

Actually fella, I think you have to have a good hard look at yourself in the mirror.

You are not supposed to clean trucks…ever…and in the unlikely event that you do want a clean truck then hire someone else to clean it so there is no risk of untoward photos appearing on Facebook questioning your manhood for washing a truck.

I mean it’s not like Dunedin is short of rain if he must wash his truck.




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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.

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