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Travelling buskers hit sour note
Defiant: Wellington-based buskers Connor Kerr-Newell, standing, and James Lequesne are spoken to by Lakes
Environmental enforcement officer Anthony Hall in Beach St.
Photo: BROOKE GARDINER
By BROOKE GARDINER
An influx of buskers in Queens-
town is getting on the nerves
of some retailers and residents.
Lakes Environmental corporate
and regulatory manager Lee
Webster confirmed that the
organisation had received three
complaints this week and four
applications for busking permits
''We've had a couple of complaints
this week after not having had
any for a couple of weeks,'' he
Of the three complaints, two were
about a pair of guitar-toting free-
spirited men from Wellington.
They refused to get a free permit
that would allow them to perform
and thought Queenstown was a
little heavy-handed in its treat-
ment of visiting street performers.
Connor Kerr-Newell and James
Lequesne told the Mirror they had
been busking in the resort
without a permit for three days
and although they had come to
the attention of authorities three
times, said they had no intention
of applying for the official
''We are only trying to make
another $10 so we can get out of
here,'' Mr Lequesne said.
Their first run-in with authorities
came while the pair were per-
forming on Earnslaw Park.
They said they were approached
by an official-looking man in a
safety vest who told them the
police would be called if they did
not stop singing.
''You get one warning and then
the police come. That's pretty
heavy-handed,'' Mr Kerr-Newell
The men had planned to pack up
for the day anyway, so they
obliged, but they were not so keen
to be silenced on Thursday
After being moved on from
outside Vodafone on Beach St, the
defiant musos moved themselves
up the street a little and continued
to turn heads with their loud,
''It's a strange little town,
Queenstown. You've got some
tourists then you've got your
middle class folk, and your stuck-
up yuppies who are a little
difficult, and then there are some
incredibly nice people,'' Mr Kerr-
The pair said they had busked in
many locations throughout the
country and thought Queenstown
was too strict.
Mr Webster said buskers must
apply for a permit to perform
under the Control of Activities
and Obstructions in Public Places
Permits were free and could be
issued for up to 12 months.
But they had strict conditions
including time limits and compul-
sory breaks which could be
enforced and, if necessary, the
police could be called to help if
there was a disturbance of the
peace, he said.
Enforcement officers could also
issue an excessive noise direction
if noise was a problem. If a second
noise complaint was laid within
72 hours, officers could remove
the instruments, he said.
Buskers are not allowed to
operate before 8am or after 10pm.
Yummy: Queenstown Primary School
year 5 and 6 cupcake making
competition and fundraiser. Pictured
clockwise from back left, Andie Gillings,
11, Georgia Shaw, 10, Natsune Suzuki, 10,
Jessica Martin, 13, Katie Stevens, 11, and
Yvette Mitchell, 9.Photos: BROOKE GARDINER
Win hopes: A
By BROOKE GARDINER
Queenstown Primary School's year 5
and 6 pupils held a cupcake
competition, raising almost $1000
towards a school camp.
Teacher Susan McIntyre said she
was delighted with the amount and
said it had been a fun way for pupils
to raise funds.
''It's a big help going towards camp
and helping keep our costs down.''
Judged by a panel which included a
professional cupcake maker, three
prizes were awarded.
Most Creative Cupcake went to
Abbey Harford, Best Looking Cup-
cake to Thiago Santos and Jamie
Coyle won Best Tasting Cupcake.
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