A reader has sent us a message: “Drone flying yesterday evening above Kotare Street. I hope the owner knows that NZ Civil Aviation Authority rules state that the owner needs the permission of every person and property they fly over.”
Anyone can take pictures in or from a public place, but not in situations where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Privacy is a issue that we relate to, as a few years ago the manager of the neighbouring Parkwood property business suddenly removed privacy-providing hedging on his side of the boundary without consultation, requiring a replacement fence, which he opposed. (His lawyer, Mr Ranford, sent us an intemperate letter saying that our reasons for wanting boundary privacy and security were “spurious and unacceptable” — astonishing.) We went to the Disputes Tribunal and got the fence built.