Glenn claims island treehut is Kiwi ‘maimai’
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.
Glenn Raymond, with dog Eva, in the treehouse he’s building on an island in Frankton Arm.
The treehouse that Glenn built.