Well well well. It turns out that those who use the law to shut out competition have trouble complying themselves.
A new coffee caravan at Piha Beach has been shut down by the Waitakere City Council because it has no food licence and may need a resource consent.
It was launched at the weekend by camping ground operator Fiona Anderson, who said it would fill a public need, at the north of the beach during the day and at the camping ground down the road after 4pm.
But her move upset supporters of a resource consent bid to build a cafe nearby led by television celebrity Marc Ellis and his surfing mates.
Yesterday, council environmental compliance manager Alan Ahmu said Ms Anderson could not trade without a food licence.
He said a resource consent might be needed for the caravan, which has been dubbed “The Big Wave” because of its shape.
It could be regarded as a stall rather than a mobile shop if it were parked all day on one spot, Mr Ahmu said.
You can also read more here, this woman is a piece of work.
Below: A conveyer Pizza oven in the Big Wave Cafe - “Piha is well served by licensed outlets, the rest of the Community are happy with what we have and don’t consider themselves too ‘High End’ to meet at the RSA, Surf Club or Bowling Club”
“Why on earth would you go to a ‘High End Cafe’ for a takeaway? You can get that at The Store or Blairs”
“I request that both WCC & ARC decline this application in full and thank you for your time”
You’re trying to open a business.
You’ve spent a 6 figure sum on building up a proposal for a cafe that will benefit the community. But there are objectors. There’s even a group setup to oppose you. One of the foundation members states in their submission:
“a cafe would make Piha less unique, less restful, and bring more traffic and noise”.
Then, you turn around and find that the person behind that statement is starting their own cafe, but not a fixed location with amenities for the community. Rather, they simply have an enormous and ugly caravan from which they will sell coffee and go, freeloading on existing facilities and skirting the law.
Disgraceful, and still no shame whatsoever.
“This is more like the Piha thing: it can go to all the big beach events and be put away. It’s not intrusive, there’s no one pulling in in their cars and no roadside advertising.”
Ms Anderson said she believed Piha did not need a built-in cafe like that proposed by Ellis’ company Preserve Piha.
“And let’s not forget the biggest thing for me is my home and my campers – Marc is a likeable chap but how would you like him opening a business 10m from your bedroom window? Well, I don’t.
Huh. What would you want in your community?
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