Tree­hut ‘maimai’ fac­ing de­mo­li­tion


A Queen­stown man’s is­land get­away has been threat­ened with de­mo­li­tion if he doesn’t get con­sent.

Glenn Ray­mond ran into trou­ble with au­thor­i­ties for con­struc­tion of a tree­house on an is­land in Lake Wakatipu after ru­mours of its ex­is­tence cir­cu­lated among lo­cals and Land In­for­ma­tion New Zealand (Linz) be­came aware of it.

Ray­mond said it was ‘‘just a bit of good old Kiwi fun’’ and tagged it as a maimai 10 days ago to get around it be­ing on Crown Land.

In a state­ment last week, Linz Crown Prop­erty Group man­ager John Hook said Ray­mond did not have per­mis­sion to build on Crown Land.

‘‘We un­der­stand hunters are re­quired to ob­tain con­sent of the land man­ager be­fore erect­ing a maimai on pub­lic land, the same ap­plies to pri­vate land. We haven’t re­ceived any ap­pli­ca­tion from Mr Ray­mond.

‘‘Mr Ray­mond can ap­ply to the Com­mis­sioner of Crown Lands for ap­proval of the struc­ture.’’

If he did ap­ply, health and safety risks would be con­sid­ered as part of the ap­proval, Hook said.

A Linz spokes­woman be­lieved if Ray­mond did not get the tree­house con­sented, it would be de­mol­ished at his cost.

Ray­mond was not pre­pared to com­ment on the process last week pre­fer­ring to li­aise di­rectly with Linz.

Asked about the po­ten­tially hun­dreds of other maimais on Crown Land around New Zealand, Hook said: ‘‘If we are made aware of other il­le­gal struc­tures on Linz-man­aged land, we will in­ves­ti­gate.’’

Fish and Game Otago op­er­a­tions man­ager Ian Had­land said there were likely other struc­tures sim­i­lar to Ray­mond’s on Crown Land used for duck shoot­ing on lakes and rivers in the re­gion that were unau­tho­rised but which Linz did not fol­low up on.

Queen­stown lawyer Graeme Todd said with­out look­ing into it fur­ther, if Ray­mond was not granted con­sent and was asked to re­move it, then he would likely have to.

Ray­mond de­cided to build the tree­house from wooden pal­lets and us­ing about $1000 of his own money after he saw the is­land from the roof of the nearby Hil­ton ho­tel while work­ing there. He felt it would be the per­fect spot for he and his two young chil­dren to re­lax, take pho­tos and fish.


Glenn Ray­mond with tree­house he built on an is­land in Lake Wakatipu.

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