Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The beginning of the end

A council has shown some leadership at last; the Otago Daily Times reports:

Occupy Dunedin has been given their marching orders from the Octagon.

The dozens of residents must cease camping in the area by 8pm tonight, or be trespassed from the area in the "wider interest of the community".

One resident said a meeting would be held at the site at 7pm to gauge reaction, with several indicating to the Otago Daily Times they would not be moved.

Shortly after 3pm Dunedin City Council representatives, including a security guard, visited the site, which has been occupied since October 15, and handed trespass notices.

A statement issued by the council said despite offering an alternative site, that option was rejected by Occupy Dunedin.

"The Octagon is a reserve which the Council administers for the benefit of the public and your occupation is standing in the way of the wider public's right to use the area," the statement said.

"Your camping in the Octagon has gone well beyond what is reasonable and now displays a disregard for the lawful entitlement of others to enjoy the Octagon.

"The Council cannot condone continuing breaches of legal requirements such as the camping bylaws.

"In the absence of any gesture on your part to negotiate a mutually agreeable outcome the Council now requires you to cease camping and leave the Octagon.

"The Council regrets we have had to resort to such a move but in the wider interests of the community your unwillingness to negotiate has obliged the Council to seek a resolution through legal enforcement action."

If the protesters do not leave the Octagon by 8pm they potentially face a fine not exceeding $1000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

Len Brown; are you taking note?

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stick to wanganui local politics inv2. Unless you have murky agenda? Len brown would be flattered to know you care from the paddock you pontificate from.

PM of NZ said...

For the trolling anon above, as a Jaffa ratepayer, I would hope Lying Len is listening and takes similar action to move the illegal freedom campers on.

WARP5 said...
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WARP5 said...

I hope that they do something about the Christchurch group also. Although due to the location they have chosen in Hagley Park, they are really a non event

gravedodger said...

Finally a local authority with the BALLS to do something to comply with the rule of law.
Got my popcorn now to see the actions, hoping TV will "cross live to record it all". It has the potential to outrate last nights infotainment effort.

Robert Winter said...

My, we are upset by civil society questioning the appalling greed of the financial sector. Isn't it interesting how much more heat is generated by those who are angry about the "oocupy" movement than they themselves can generate about the parasites of the global finance sector.

It's just a little like National blaming those on benefits for being on benefits and forcing them through tests and assessments back into non-existent work, rather than doing something about job creation and an active labour market.

Perversity abounds.

Anonymous said...

The police are not going to enforce the trespass notice. A victory for democracy and common sense.

Anonymous said...

Have you banned Robert? RG?

Anonymous said...

I am the only one in NZ who is sick and tired of paying taxes that pay benefits for leftie protestors who have a glorious holiday on the taxpayers (that would be me) ticket.

Weather has changed down south and it will be as cold as Labour charity down there over the next few days.

They will probably leave any way.

Ross

Inventory2 said...

@ Anon 10.13pm - yes, with reluctance. Robert refused to heed repeated warnings about off-topic comments and links, and also falsely accused me of censorship. My patience ran out on Sunday night when he tried to turn my weekly Christian music post into an attack on Bill English. He is welcome to return in December, but has indicated that he won't, which is his choice.

It's the first time I've had cause to ban anyone, and Robert being Robert, it wasn't done lightly. But his wounds were entirely self-inflicted, and on that basis I have little sympathy for him.

Evil said...

Rubbish inv2. You have a godlike power. Rg is only human and you've judged him. Very Christian but not in the least democratic.

Robert Winter said...

And can I make a plea for forgiveness (which is, I believe, divine)for RG? In the context of people who use comments like "Lying Len" with impunity,. RG's transgressions are hardly an issue for the ultimate penalty, Compared to some of ths tuff on other blogs (Mr Farrar's in particular these days)RG is an innocent abroad.

Anonymous said...

1 This is IV's domain which we all enter with his grace...his place, his rules. I certainly won't miss the acidic sniping of RG!

2 I agree that the Dunedin City Council is right to boot this rabble out of the Octagon. If they actually stood for something then a protest may be justifiable but they seem to be at sea ther than as a rent-a-mob gaggle of confused losers.

Cadwallader

The Gantt Guy said...

Cadwaller has it right. Guyton is a troll who ignored repeated warnings.Che has not, @Robert Winter, "paid the ultimate price" , merely been sent to the time-out corner for a while. Conveniently enough for everyone else, his suspension lasts through until after the election.

And to your first point, while I won't speak for anyone else I can confirm I am delighted when civil society questions the appalling greed of the finance sector. What we're talking about here is not civil society. If the Occupy people in Dunedin are in any way similar to their counterparts in Auckland, then what we're talking about is the greens and the union controlled by tax-cheat Matt McCarten. Not a civil bunch by any stretch of the imagination.

Inventory2 said...

@ Gannt - quite so; this morning's ODT reports that:

The Occupy Dunedin movement had links with the Mana Party, the Unite union and the International Socialist organisation

quoting Bryce Edwards.

This is far more about domestic politics than it is about global issues represented by the wider "occupy" movement. It is nothing but a vehicle for the Mana Party to boost its profile at the taxpayer's expense.

Inventory2 said...

@ Robert W - I appreciate your concern for your namesake Robert, but he has my e-mail address (we have corresponded quite a bit in the past), and is quite capable of pleading his own case.

Take a look back through my archives, especially over the last month or so, and count the number of off-topic comments, or demands that I comment on a particular issue irrelevant to the post. Robert was given any number of subtle and not-so-subtle hints, and eventually, my patience with him ran out. An aggravating factor was his trolling whilst he knew I was out of the country and unable (he thought) to monitor things.

And lastly, Robert G is indeed forgiven, but that doesn't mean that there are no consequences.

scrubone said...

The people in the Octogan are just the usual rent-a-mob who hang around the university never doing anything useful and moaning about how cruel capitalism is.

They are, in short, the .1%.

It would be nice if they really were downtrodden by evil capitalists, but the fact is they're just lazy ratbags who have grabbed the opportunity to make some trouble.

Throwing them out is a kindness.

scrubone said...

It's just a little like National blaming those on benefits for being on benefits and forcing them through tests and assessments back into non-existent work, rather than doing something about job creation and an active labour market.

I can tell you from direct observation that what National has done has saved millions of dollars and given a great many lazy people a real shakeup.

The fact is that being on a benefit long term is bad for you, and leads to a lot of unsavory habits. Fact is, work is inconvenient every day. Work tests are in comparison a very minor inconvenience.

scrubone said...

It's just a little like National blaming those on benefits for being on benefits and forcing them through tests and assessments back into non-existent work, rather than doing something about job creation and an active labour market.

I can tell you from direct observation that what National has done has saved millions of dollars and given a great many lazy people a real shakeup.

The fact is that being on a benefit long term is bad for you, and leads to a lot of unsavory habits. Fact is, work is inconvenient every day. Work tests are in comparison a very minor inconvenience.

scrubone said...

My, we are upset by civil society questioning the appalling greed of the financial sector.

Civil society is kicking out the protesters.

Do try to keep up.

scrubone said...

The police are not going to enforce the trespass notice. A victory for democracy and common sense.

Democracy elected the council.

By your measure, democracy is anyone with a grudge acting out. Everyone else in this country would call that being anti-social.