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'Aussie bludger's' treehouse gets the chop

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/05/2017

An "Aussie bludger's" dream Queenstown home has been brought crashing down by a furious fellow countryman and his chainsaw.

Impressed by the view over Lake Wakatipu, an Australian carpenter Andy, who wouldn't give his surname, decided to build a tree house in local forest that provided him rent-free access to one of Queenstown's best views, local paper Mountain Scene reports.

The only thing Andy, 20, lacked was permission from Sunshine Bay landowner, Australian Peter Clark.

Livid at the young Aussie's cheek in moving in like a possum in the night, former firefighter Mr Clark, 62, first appealed to the police for help to evict him.

When that failed he laid hands on a chainsaw and, on Saturday, sent Andy's house and the fir tree containing it thudding down in an almighty and "satisfying" crash.

"There was lots of stuff inside: an air rifle, fresh eggs, butter, other food, a gas cooker, couch, chilly bins, obviously lots of beer, a pipe for drugs," Clark told Mountain Scene.

"And condoms. I'm not sure how many girlfriends he's had up there."

Mr Clark said he was frustrated by how visitors took advantage of Queenstown locals and how police and the local council had failed to support him in evicting Andy.

"It's a multimillion-dollar piece of land and I'm sick and tired of people trespassing and using it how they like," he said.

Before the eviction, Mountain Scene tracked down Andy, who did not give his last name but said he thought the landowner would not have a problem with his unexpected arrival.

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