I came across this on Facebook:
The middle sign warns of the danger of using gas or liquid fuel cookers, heaters and lights without adequate ventilation.
The bottom one reads:
We would have the money to restore this hut if you all stopped voting for that dork John Key.
The sign has the Department of Conservation logo and the bottom but it’s not in DoC’s usual green and yellow colours.
If it was put there by a political activist it’s up to DoC to worry about unauthorised signs on its property.
If it was put up or condoned by a DoC staff member then I’m reminded of what former State Services’ Commission Mark Prebble said in an interview with Kathryn Ryan:
“Public servants have to implement the policies of the government of the day
Many people come to government to try to support a good cause. They don’t realise the one who has to determine which good cause is to be supported is the democratically minister of the day. And quite a lot of departments, not slinging off at their professionalism but say DOC, you get a lot of people who join DOC because they know they want to save a kakapo and if not a kakapo it will be the lesser spotted whatever. And if the lesser spotted whatever is not on the minister’s list of priorities they’ll find it hard to do.
A key part of the role of senior public servants is to explain to them well it is the minister who has to take the heat in public about that and the public servant really isn’t just employed to follow their own interests and if they want to follow their interests they can go and work in the private sector like anyone else. . .
. . . No public servant should be zealous about the particular cause they’re interested in. They should be zealous about democracy and respecting the law. . .”
As for the content of the sign, the message should be directed at the former Prime Minister.
DoC would have the money to restore the hut if she and her government hadn’t added so much land to the conservation estate and paid well above the market price for much it.