It's a structure built without the necessary consents and regulations, without the little boxes being ticked and it's being used as a dwelling and that is just too too much
for Nelson's unimaginative city fathers.
And too too much too for the ratepayers who are consumed with jealousy and resentment every time they see Paul living outside their narrowly defined and rigid square.
Of course if the structure was regarded by the courts as a boat, there wouldn't be a problem but doing that is too easy a fix.
Paul built his houseboat that's survived many a storm on the smell of an oily rag, from old drums, wooden pallets and recycled drums. It's got all the comforts of home, a rain catching system, a potbelly stove and a bed.
What more does a man want. All this man wants is to live cheaply, quietly aboard his own mortgage free dwelling, minding his own business and living in peace.
It's a shame that the world can't let him...