Due to politically correct spiritual concerns over not defacing Mt Ruapehu the Government has refused to spend $200,000 to stop the Crater Lake overflowing with lahars. Instead it is spending $5 million on strengthening bridges to handle any lahars.
That is bad enough, but now we also hear six Police have been seconded for months or years to the area just to wait for the lahar flows. And of course while waiting they are traffic ticketing.
So instead of spending $200,000 to fix the problem, the Government spends $5 million to cope with the problem and also takes six police officers off front-line policing to issue traffic tickets while waiting for the lahars.