Reporters in Marlborough are visiting different towns in the region to find out what the big issues are in the run-up to the general election. As the port town of Picton sails into a summer without its normal hordes of international tourists, the locals have plenty more to consider.
Despite cruise ships being dubbed “floating petri dishes” aiding the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Picton people would welcome them back with open arms, over their penny-pinching cousin, the freedom camper.
Whether the crippled cruise ship industry bounces back from the pandemic is beyond the forces of Picton, but statistics show their passengers spend, and Picton people point to this when discussing the future of freedom campers, who they say ride on the back of ratepayers.
However, some say Picton has been getting “over-excited” with cruise ships, calling for a more cautious return, while one environmentalist says he doesn’t want cruise