Kiwi Polemicist

July 10, 2009

• Sitting on your roof is illegal

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Stuff is reporting that property owners have been fined $1500 for allowing people to sit on their roof and watch car races. According to Stuff

The infringement notice cited a clause of the Building Act that refers to using or permitting the “use of a building for a use for which it is not safe”.

The Hamilton City Council’s building safety manager says

..he and his staff went to great lengths before the V8s [car races] to warn people what they could and couldn’t do under the Building Act.


“Our role is the health and safety of people [in the opinion of the nanny state] and we take that quite seriously. We gave everyone the information, but there were people who didn’t listen.”


…council staff spotted the alleged infringements during the racing and even took photographic evidence.


“These set-ups put people at risk, we don’t have much choice. It’s rather good luck than good judgment that something didn’t happen.

“Someone could have easily fallen from one of those roofs.”

Yes, someone could have easily fallen from a roof. So what? They chose to go onto the roof, and they chose to take the risk of falling: some would say that if a person fell and died due to a lack of precautions then it’s a case of natural selection 🙂 .

Personal choice and risk-taking is a terrible thing in the eyes of the Nanny State, which, like a parent dealing with a child, tells everyone “That’s too dangerous, you’re not allowed to do that”. So the council staff – agents of the nanny state – go around before the race telling people what it is permissible to do on and with their private property, then during the race they take photos to use as evidence when they punish the naughty children.

In summary, the state controls your bodily movements on your private property in order to protect you from harm. That’s a violation of personal and property rights, and only an immoral and totalitarian nanny state government would do such a thing.

What do you think about laws that prevent you from sitting on your roof and enjoying the view?

Click here for an update to this post.

Click here for a biblical perspective on this situation.




  1. The problem is that in common with most other local authorities they are over-staffed because they get their income too easily by increasing rates. The excess staff have to dream up bylaws to enforce to self justify their existence. The council will have unlimited funds to pursue their victim through a court the victim may win but will be broke.

    Comment by rocky — July 10, 2009 @ 11:50 am

    • Rocky: yes, It Is Important To Be Seen To Be Doing Something and to justify being a parasite that feeds on taxpayers.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — July 10, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  2. […] This is an update to my earlier post Sitting on your roof is illegal. […]

    Pingback by • Update: sitting on your roof is illegal « Kiwi Polemicist — July 11, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

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