Glenn claims is­land tree­hut is Kiwi ‘maimai’

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

A Queen­stown man has ob­tained a li­cence for a tree­house he’s build­ing on a Lake Wakatipu is­land and claims it’s now an of­fi­cial maimai.

Glenn Ray­mond was forced to come up with a so­lu­tion to make his ‘‘secret’’ tree­house in Frank­ton Arm le­gal af­ter he says Land In­for­ma­tion New Zealand (Linz) de­cided it was an ‘‘un­per­mit­ted struc­ture on Crown land’’.

‘‘It’s go­ing back to the days be­fore Plays­ta­tions. It’s just a bit of good old Kiwi fun,’’ Ray­mond said. ’’It will all blend in. It’s not like I’m go­ing to paint it pur­ple or any­thing.’’

It was only af­ter he ar­rived to find a note from Queen­stown Lakes har­bour­mas­ter Marty Black telling him it needed con­sent, that Ray­mond de­cided to make it of­fi­cial by pay­ing the $93 maimai tag.

Ray­mond stud­ied the rules and reg­u­la­tions thor­oughly and be­lieved if he had his tag at­tached to the tree­house af­ter 10am on Sun­day, it would be le­gal.

‘‘I’ve done my re­search. It well and truly fits within the law.’’

Ray­mond said the only ducks he would be shoot­ing would be with a cam­era.

The glazier de­cided to build the tree­house af­ter he saw the is­land from the roof of the nearby Hil­ton ho­tel while work­ing there, and felt it would be the per­fect spot for him and his two young chil­dren to re­lax.

Af­ter clear­ing a path through the scrub, Ray­mond started con­struc­tion on the tree­house us­ing left-over wooden pal­lets and about $1000 of his own money.

‘‘I’ve got my li­cence so happy days.’’

Black called the maimai claim ’’far­ci­cal’’.

‘‘How could it be a maimai when you can’t shoot there?’’

The area near the Kawa­rau Bridge was busy and the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil did

‘‘I've got my li­cence so happy days.’’

not want to en­cour­age use of that area of water for re­cre­ation, Black said.

Fish and Game Otago op­er­a­tions man­ager Ian Had­land said any­body could ob­tain a li­cence and tag an area of pub­lic ground for hunt­ing pro­vided they had the per­mis­sion of the land owner.

In this case, it was Crown land and peo­ple usu­ally did not have to ap­ply to tag it, he said.

A Linz spokesman said the hut was ‘‘an il­le­gal struc­ture’’ and there were health and safety is­sues with th­ese types of build­ings.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Glenn Ray­mond, with dog Eva, in the tree­house he’s build­ing on an is­land in Frank­ton Arm.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN/ FAIRFAX NZ

The tree­house that Glenn built.

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