Boobs event organiser: City won’t stop parade

NZ Herald July 30, 2008

Businessman Steve Crow says his Boobs on Bikes parade down Queen St will go ahead, despite a new bylaw aimed at stopping events deemed offensive. The Auckland City Council passed the bylaw last week, only weeks before Mr Crow plans another parade to promote the Erotica Lifestyles Expo. The bylaw is the latest attempt by the council to stop bare-breasted women parading down Queen St aboard tanks, on the back of motorcycles and in open-top cars. Despite political opposition, the event has become hugely popular, watched by tens of thousands of people.

Mayor John Banks yesterday said the council was opposed to the parade because it exploited women. But he acknowledged difficulties with the bylaw, such as defining what was offensive and whether it could stop the parade. The bylaw states the council can turn down a permit for an event if it “reasonably believes there is any other objectively justifiable and reasonable grounds for declining consent, for example that the event will be or is likely to be offensive”.

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