Wairarapa Times-Age 23 February 2016
Family First Comment: Councils are starting to respond to our concerns and call!
Wairarapa lacks a bylaw to tackle offensive signage as seen with slogans on campervan company Wicked Campers, but it seems Wairarapa people aren’t easily offended, anyway.
The Whangarei District Council is threatening legal action against the Australian company, whose campervans pass through New Zealand, including Wairarapa, with slogans such as “Fat chicks are harder to kidnap”.
Whangarei has a bylaw to fight “any sign that explicitly or implicitly, is objectionable, offensive …” in its district and is using it to go to war on Wicked Campers.
The Wairarapa Combined District Plan, which covers Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa, mentions “obtrusive or excessive” signage, and says all signs should be in keeping with surrounding amenities and historical qualities of the area.
Whangarei’s MP, Shane Reti, says he will write to every council in the country encouraging them to review their signage laws with a view to force offensive campervans off the road.
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