Battling into the New Year ...

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Sat, 2011-12-31 20:28

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged.

Court ruling hits campground


Kakanui Camping Ground owner Allan Jones says his business is running at a loss at the busiest time of year after being reduced to five sites following an Environment Court hearing.

The camp was ordered to cease operating, with the exception of five sites, by Judge Gordon Whiting in October while a resource consent for existing use was sought.

The site sits on the south side of the Kakanui River next to Waianakarua Rd.

Submissions closed on a resource consent application with the Waitaki District Council this month and attracted three responses, Mr Jones told The Timaru Herald yesterday.

There are normally 30 sites available at the camping ground, which are traditionally full in the Christmas and New Year period.

Mr Jones said he was sticking to the five-site maximum and had turned away "absolutely heaps" of campers.

"We are losing money. We won't even be breaking even.

"We'll be back to normal as soon as we get the resource consent application heard."

The argument began in 1997 when Mr Jones received a letter from the council claiming he did not have existing use rights to operate a camping ground on his land. He had earlier been declined resource consent to build a tavern and camping ground, but went ahead with establishing the camping ground and amenities.

Mr Jones continued to operate and an abatement notice to stop the campground operating was issued in November last year, to which Mr Jones was awarded an injunction last month.

It's rather hard not to draw the conclusion ...

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