Bennett seeks to help school over brothel

NZ Herald May 7, 2010

Waitakere MP Paula Bennett is seeking advice on whether a local body solution can be found to remove a brothel across the road from an intermediate school. The board of trustees and some parents of children at Henderson Intermediate are dismayed about the brothel, which been opened opposite the school, attended by 500 pupils aged 10 to 12, on Lincoln Rd.

The Government does not intend to change the Prostitution Reform Act, so Ms Bennett, who met school officials last week, is investigating what could be done before the Super City comes into effect in November. If the Waitakere City Council enacted a bylaw restricting where brothels could be, it would be rolled into the new Super City Council with all territorial bylaws and district plans. Board of trustees chairman Ron Crawford and school principal Bruce Dale contacted local MP Chris Carter but, dissatisfied with the response, they then met Ms Bennett.