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Gay couple claim bigotry at building hearing

Thu 2 Dec 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

White Shadows Country Inn A gay couple who run a five-star bed and breakfast in Queenstown claim "bias and bigotry" are behind their neighbours' opposition to their resource consent for building rights on an adjoining block. Mike Harris and Bill Bailey run the White Shadows Country Inn in Hunter Rd, off Malaghans Rd between Queenstown and Arrowtown. They have applied for building rights on a patch of land next door. The Otago Daily Times reports that at a resource consent hearing in Queenstown this week, Bailey said opposition to their application from neighbours Brian and Pauline Bayley could be because of his relationship with Harris. "In summary, we cannot understand the Bayleys' numerous objections unless it is their bias and bigotry against Mike's and my 33-year personal relationship, which they have very negatively and vociferously denounced over the years to numerous neighbours and area professionals," Bailey said. Brian Bayley said in response, "It appears that we are the neighbours from hell. "I feel like retaliating, but I'm not going to demean myself." You can read the full story on the Otago Daily Times website    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 2nd December 2010 - 2:00pm

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