Parliament needs to back Councils over brothel by-laws

The Hamilton City Council is defending in the Hamilton High Court today its bylaw restricting the location of brothels. Under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, councils were given the power to decide where brothels were located.

And in response to a clear message from NZ’ers, most Councils around NZ banned brothels and private sex workers from within 100-250m of schools, marae, childcare centres and churches,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of the Family First Lobby.

 “Unfortunately, the Prostitution Reform Act was so fundamentally flawed in a number of areas that Councils around NZ have been challenged by brothel owners in court to have the bylaws defeated – and have been successful in Christchurch and Auckland so far.”

We call on MP’s to acknowledge the weaknesses of the Act and introduce legislation which allows Councils to respond to the voice of NZ families in their area.”

A large gathering of groups and individuals representing the community of the Waikato held a press conference outside the High Court in Hamilton today to highlight their concerns.

Groups present were Family First Lobby, Voice Waikato, the Catholic Diocese, Crosslight Trust, Somali community representatives, Citizens and Ratepayers Association, Harvest Church, The Nest run by the Salvation Army, residents who have lived next door to brothels, Hamilton City Councillors – Glenda Saunders and Roger Hennebry, National Candidate Tim McIndoe, homeschooling mothers, and many other concerned ratepayers.

 ENDS