Queenstown’s council is considering slapping $300 fines on offensive Wicked campervans.
Following the story in last week’s Scene, council regulatory boss Lee Webster says Wicked Campers is breaching the district plan by displaying “sexually explicit, lewd or otherwise offensive content” on vehicles.
If the vans’ slogans - such as “The best thing about oral sex is five minutes of silence” - don’t comply, and the campers remain on local roads, Wicked might face fines, Webster says.
The council confirms it has sent a letter to the company.
Webster says: “I do want to give them the opportunity to respond before I consider taking further legal action.”
The council wants Wicked to provide a list of its slogans so the council can say what doesn’t comply.
Webster says the council’s policing will be “reactive rather than proactive”.
Wicked doesn’t have a great track record of responding - including to this newspaper.
The campervan company has continually ignored National MP Dr Shane Reti, Family First NZ boss Bob McCoskrie and members of the public.
The council clampdown is a win for McCroskrie, who last week maintained it was within Queenstown council’s power, under its signs policy, to ban offensive signs.
Reti tells Mountain Scene he and Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett are working on a campaign aimed at Wicked Campers.