Family First NZ is slamming the Auckland City Council for granting a Permit for the upcoming ‘Boobs on Bikes’ Parade.
“This is a ‘lame duck’ Council who is not willing to act in the best interests of families and children,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“Last year, the mayor Dick Hubbard said the parade was morally repugnant, that Council’s hands were tied because the parade didn’t need a permit, and the bylaw would be looked at.”
“Yet not only is the Council unwilling to change the law, but it is even granting a permit to further validate this year’s parade.”
Section 125 of the Crimes Act clearly states that it is a crime to “wilfully (do) any indecent act in any place to which the public have or are permitted to have access, or within view of any such place.”
“The pornography industry is indecent and offensive to many people, and while private functions and Expos cater to a targeted audience, a parade during lunchtime down a major street will cause widespread offence.”
“The billboards appearing around the city advertising the Erotica Expo are also causing widespread offence to families.”
“Even the liberal Advertising Standards Authority have acknowledged public concern by upholding a complaint in 2003 about a roaming billboard Erotica Adult Lifestyle Expo advertisement which showed the upper torsos of a man and woman, with the woman’s naked breasts clearly visible.”
“It is significant that the ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade has only happened under the current Council administration,” says Mr McCoskrie. “Voters should take note.”
Family First is calling for a urgent Resolution of the Council condemning the parade, and the permit to be revoked.