Camper slogans too rude for NZ

WICKED Campers has been dumped from the New Zealand Department of Conservation's tourist information listing for those wanting to hire campervans.

A spokesman for Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the decision followed uproar over the slogans on the vans and there had been an expressed determination by three government ministers to have the company rejected because of sexual or anti-women overtones in its slogans.

A major national holiday park company is advising owners throughout its network to make sure all offensive slogans are covered or to ban entry to the vehicles altogether.

Top 10 Holiday Parks group chief executive David Ovendale said the company was concerned about the offence the Wicked Campers slogans were causing.

"We are ... encouraging our franchisees to respond accordingly, either ensuring the offensive material is covered prior to entry to the park or refusing the offending vehicle entry entirely," he said.

NZ Motor Caravan Association chief executive Bruce Lochore said Wicked Campers was not a member of the association.

"Absolutely not. We wouldn't have them. They pretty much give New Zealand the big finger," he said.


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