Prostitution on streets back before Parliament

NZ Herald 13 Feb 2012
Debate on street prostitution is about revive at Parliament. A bill that will allow Auckland Council to ban street prostitution in specific places is to be considered by the local government select committee. Other city councils including Christchurch are expected to show interest and may seek to have the same powers applied generally. An earlier 2005 bill, relating to Manukau City Council, was voted down in 2006 after it emerged from strongly divided select committee hearings. Former Manurewa MP George Hawkins sponsored the local bill at the request of Manukau to address street prostitution near residential areas. After its defeat, he introduced another one in 2010 just before the Auckland Super City was formed. Auckland Council has told the local government select committee it wants to take over the bill, and its jurisdiction is greater Auckland. National MPs supported Mr Hawkins’ original bill. The local government and environment committee will consider the bill and submissions close on February 29.

Prostitute ban could end residents’ woes
ONE News 14 Feb 2012
It is hoped a Bill before Parliament will bring an end to years of torment for residents affected by prostitution in south Auckland. The Local Government and Environment Committee is considering the Bill which would see prostitution banned from certain areas of Manukau, like Hunter’s Corner. “We want to impose what is similar to a liquor ban, to ban sex workers from those areas,” George Wood from Auckland Council told TV ONE’s Breakfast. “The problem has gone on for years, these people have been there 30 or 40 years, elderly people living in a residential street who have prostitutes sitting on their front fence at night raucously calling out to clients.” If the Bill is passed it would mean fines of up to $2000 for prostitutes caught soliciting in banned areas, and the police would have the power to stop their clients’ cars and arrest them too.