Dunedin City Council was contacted for comment surrounding occupation by anti-mandate protestors at The Octagon in Dunedin.
A DCC spokesperson says there have been no complaints from surrounding businesses or the public about the occupation.
“We are monitoring the situation in the Octagon, but so far have received no reports of any significant issues,” the spokesperson said.
Image: Supplied - Facebook
Social media groups in the area have been telling a different story. Members of the public have shared their experience of abuse and yelling hauled at them while passing by or for wearing a mask.
One commenter described the set up as a ‘scruffy camp site' and that the protestors should take more pride in their presentation.
Another commenter was allegedly yelled at and abused by a protestor through their car window for wearing masks.
Image: Hub tent with food and drink supplies. Signs are seen displaying anti-mandate and pro-choice messaging - Sam Hudson, thisquality
Sam Hudson, thisquality editor and journalist, was told to take off his mask shortly after filming a story at the occupation.
Some protestors claimed they couldn't hear him while he wore his mask. Hudson left without further incident.
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Image: Anti-mandate protestors set up tent on the grass of The Octagon - Sam Hudson, thisquality
Staff from the Council have visited the protestors to let them know that the requirements to mow the grass and look after the place will continue despite more tents being set up.
They'll still maintain the gardens and conduct routine litter sweeps.
“The protestors are also managing their own rubbish and have agreed to not park on the reserve or the footpath. Sprinklers in the area have been turned off in the meantime,” the DCC spokesperson said.
“If any other issues arise, they will be a matter for Police or Fire and Emergency New Zealand”.
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