27 Jan 2012

Protestor seeks judicial review of bylaws on camping

6:10 pm on 27 January 2012

A member of the Occupy Wellington group, in an attempt to remain in Civic Square, has lodged a High Court application seeking a judicial review of a council bylaw that forbids camping in public parks.

The bylaw is similar to that used by the Auckland Council this week to remove protesters from Aotea Square.

Veteran Wellington protester Benjamin Easton says the application is NOT on behalf of the Occupy Wellington group, but he says his application could affect other protesters camping in Civic Square.

In his application to the court, he asks that the council be prohibited from removing any of the tents or other structures from the site while the matter is before the courts.